Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India on Compensatory Afforestation in India

Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India on Compensatory Afforestation in India

This CAG audit report on the performance of Compensatory Afforestation Fund in India tabled in Lok Sabha finds massive scam involving forestlands being given over to the industry in violation of the laid down regulations. Read text of this report.

The objectives of the compliance audit on Compensatory Afforestation in India were to examine: whether the diversion of forest land for non-forest use was permitted as per extant laws and all conditions in this regard were complied with; whether measures taken for conservation, afforestation and preservation of forest lands consequent to diversion of portions of these lands for non-forest use were as per provisos of extant legislation, rules and Supreme Court judgments in this regard; whether the collection, utilisation, monitoring, accounting and the arrangement for safeguarding of compensatory afforestation funds was in compliance with applicable legislation, rules and Supreme Court judgements permitting diversion of forest land for non forest purposes; and whether proper financial procedures had been followed in investing funds.

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