Raipur: In a bid to encourage maximum tree plantation work in Chhattisgarh, "Chief Minister Tree Plantation Promotion Scheme" has been implemented from June 1, 2021.
Under this scheme, all the citizens of Chhattisgarh state, as per the availability of private land and all the gram panchayats and joint forest management committees will be eligible to take advantage of the scheme. Forest and climate change minister Mohammad Akbar gave necessary instructions to the departmental officers regarding better implementation of the Chief Minister Tree Plantation Promotion Scheme in a meeting held at his residence office on Tuesday.
During the meeting, he also issued directions to complete CAMPA's under-construction works at the earliest.
The minister informed that the main objective of the scheme is to encourage maximum tree plantation in the state. It also aims to reduce the adverse effects of climate change by improving the environment. Under this scheme, commercial-industrial plantation of timber and non-timber species on land by the private sector, farmers, government departments and village panchayats is being encouraged.
Similarly, by increasing the income of farmers through plantation, their economic and social status has to be improved. By facilitating the felling of trees planted on private land and easing the transportation of wood of existing trees, the citizens are to be attracted towards plantation on private land.
Meanwhile, under the Chief Minister Tree Plantation Promotion Scheme, farmers who had grown paddy crop in Kharif year 2020, if they plant trees in their fields instead of paddy crop this time, then they will get Rs 10,000 per acre per year for the next 3 years. Similarly, if commercial plantation is done from the amount available with the Gram Panchayats, then in case of successful plantation after one year, the concerned Gram Panchayats will be given incentive at the rate of Rs10, 000 per acre from the government. This will increase the income of Panchayats in future.
Apart from this, if tree plantation is done on revenue land on commercial basis from the amount available with Joint Forest Management Committees, then like Panchayat, incentive amount will be given to the concerned committee at the rate of Rs 10,000 per acre after one year. The right to cut and sell the trees will be with the concerned committee.