By: Ibni Maqbool
Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir government is likely to seek Rs 297 crore under the Compensatory Afforestation Fund Management and Planning Authority (CAMPA) for the next financial year.
Documents in possession of The Precious Kashmir lay bare that the executive committee of CAMPA headed by principal chief conservator of forests is expected to consider and recommend the annual plan of operations for next financial year for the total amount of Rs 297 .13 crore.
The executive committee of J&K CAMPA is expected to meet under the chairmanship of Dr. Mohit Gera, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests & Head of Forest Force, on January 18, 2022 at Jammu.
Among other things, the proposed CAMPA funds would be utilized for compensatory afforestation, protected areas (national Parks wild life sanctuaries, catchment area treatment plan and integrated wildlife management plan.
Once cleared by the executive committee, the proposals would be placed before chief secretary-led steering committee of CAMPA for approval.
Subsequently, the Chief Secretary-led panel would recommend the proposal to national CAMPA for consideration and approval.
It is worthwhile to mention that preparation of annual plan of operations 2022-23 under the CAMPA commenced with the CAMPA secretariat writing to the implementing agencies (IAs) to assess the requirement of funds for next fiscal on the basis of the criteria stipulated in the said communication.
Thereafter, lA wise outlay along with a set of guidelines was circulated by the CAMPA secretariat on September 30, 2021. Later, the PCCF issued a detailed set of guidelines for preparation of APO 2022-23.