Question raised in Lok Sabha on Protection of Environment, 19/07/2016

Question raised in Lok Sabha on Protection of Environment, 19/07/2016. The Forest Survey of India (FSI), Dehradun assesses the forest cover of the country at the interval of two years. As per India State of Forest Report (ISFR) 2013 & 2015, there is a net increase of 5871 sq. km. in the forest cover as compared to the previous assessment of 2011 and a net increase of 3775 sq. km. over 2013 assessment. The increase in forest cover can be attributed to afforestation, conservation measures, management interventions etc. in the forest area. An amount of Rs. 60 crore under NAP, Rs. 43.25 crore under GIM and Rs. 50.00 crore under IFMS has been allocated for the current year out of which an amount of Rs. 27.99 crore, Rs. 10.94 crore and Rs. 16.37 crore has been released and utilised so far by the Ministry under these three schemes respectively. The details of funds released under these three schemes for the last three years are given in Annexure.

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