Odisha leads in CAMPA implementation

Bhubaneswar: Odisha is the leading state in the country in terms of implementation of CAMPA (Compensatory Afforestation Fund Management and Planning Authority) and creation of compensatory afforestation with around 96 percent of achievement in this sector.

This was revealed at the State Level Steering Committee meeting of the state CAMPA presided over by chief secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi at the State Secretariat here on Monday.

Reviewing the progress, Padhi directed the Forest and Environment department to accomplish the targets of Ama Jungle Yojana ( AMY) by 2019 and enhance the capacity of forest officials through qualitative training.

It was decided to set up a forest academy in the state and equip all Forest officers training institutes with required training materials. This year, conservation of sacred groove of the tribes and supply of Unnata Chullah have been included in the annual operation plan (AOP). The committee approved Rs 513 crore APO for 2015-16.

As per the available data, around 53,268.11 ha compensatory afforestation has been done recording a performance level of 96 percent during 2014-15. A target has been set to complete the balance 4, 046.97 hectares during 2015-16 APO.

Apart from this, security zone plantation and catchment area treatment plantation will be done over 1047 hectares, strip plantation in over 40,000 kms and plantation of 14,750 trees along the road sides for which Rs 52.94 crore has been allocated.

The meeting set a target to cover 2000 Vana Surakshya Samities (VSS) in 30 forest divisions during 2015-16 APO. The major activities under Ama Jangala Yojana (AMY) include survey and demarcation of assigned areas to VSS, capacity building of VSS and self help group (SHG), implementation of soil and moisture conservation programmes, silviculture operations and setting up of nursery and maintenance for which around Rs 22.41 crore has been allotted in the APO budget.

Besides, around 2161 sacred grooves have been identified and a scheme “Integrated Development of sacred grooves” has been approved with a financial outlay of Rs 1596.20 crores for conservation and development of the places of worship of various tribal communities.

Briefing newsmen after the meeting, Additional Chief Conservator of Forests (ACCF) Subash Swain said around 700 sacred grooves would be developed during APO 2015-16 with an estimated cost of Rs 609 lakh.

Apart from this, target has been fixed for supply of 700 Unnata Chullahs of Rs 1500 each has also been included in the APO-2015-16.
Development Commissioner R Balakrishnan , secretary Panchayati Raj, Deo Ranjan Kumar Singh and senior officials of the state and Union Forest and Environment departments were present at the meeting.