CHANDIGARH: The Punjab Cabinet led by Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Friday authorized a complete policy for compensatory afforestation in the initiatives affecting forest space upto one hectare, beneath the jurisdiction of the State Government.
The policy, which includes the weather of required balancing of economic system and atmosphere, is in line with General Approval issued by the Government of India to the Forest and Wildlife Preservation division beneath Forest (Conservation) Act, 1980.
The Cabinet additionally licensed the Chief Minister to approve any future amendments in the stated policy.
A spokesperson of the Chief Minister’s Office stated that as per the policy, person companies requiring land for their bonafide use would submit undertakings, both to supply equal non-forest land or the price of land in lieu of forest land, as per the collector charge + 30%. The supplied non-forest land should be free from all encumbrances and should have clear and undisputed possession and possession.
If the person company opts for offering value of land, the collected quantity will probably be deposited in checking account opened for this function with Punjab State Forest Development Corporation (PSFDC) and quantity thus deposited can be utilised for the aim of procurement of non-forest land. The PSFDC shall be certain that throughout a specific monetary 12 months, it shall buy land for Compensatory Afforestation to the extent of utilizing 80% of the funds that existed as opening stability of 1st April of that monetary 12 months. In addition, the PSFDC would additionally buy outright the accessible panchayat’s lands on precedence foundation at collector charge +30%. This will probably be reviewed by a tripartite committee.
Outlining the advantages of the policy, the spokesperson stated that it supplies for creation of great chunk of extra land financial institution, which will be utilized by the User Agency. Therefore, the forest clearance for vital growth initiatives of the State wouldn’t be delayed, because the land for Compensatory Afforestation can be made accessible to the sponsoring Department by PSFDC. Besides, the Policy would additionally allow the User Agencies to supply both equal non-forest land or the price of affected forest land as per the prevailing collector charge +30% as per their comfort. The appropriate Panchayat lands can be introduced beneath Compensatory Afforestation to reinforce the inexperienced cowl in the nation aspect of the State.
As per Forest (Conservation) Act, 1980, the forest areas are being diverted for all website particular initiatives of the State inflicting lack of space beneath forest resulting in grave ecological imbalances. The Compensatory Afforestation on Non-forest land will appropriately compensate the stated loss and would mitigate the general destructive impression of diversion of forest space on atmosphere.
Till date, roughly greater than 28,000 acres of forest space has been diverted for a number of personal and public initiatives with the permission of Government of India/State Government for non-forestry functions beneath the Forest (Conservation) Act, 1980. In addition, roughly 1,34,500 acres of land beneath the Punjab Land Protection Act (PLPA), 1900 has been conditionally faraway from the checklist of forests by the State after the approval of Government of India.
NOD TO AMEND GUIDELINES FOR UTILISATION ‘PUNJAB NIRMAN PROGRAMME’ FUNDS
In one other resolution, the Punjab Cabinet gave approval to amend the rules for correct utilisation of funds beneath ‘PM-10-State degree initiatives-Punjab Nirman Programme’. This will assist enhance the residing situations of the folks in each rural and concrete areas, apart from addressing their felt developmental wants, thus guaranteeing no hurdle in its implementation.
According to amended pointers, all works beneath the Punjab Nirman Programme, launched in 2006, can be proposed by the Additional Deputy Commissioner (Development)/Additional Deputy Commissioner (Urban Development), earlier than a District Level Committee beneath the Chairmanship of Deputy Commissioner. Besides, the committee would come with all Commissioners of Municipal Corporation in the district, Additional Deputy Commissioner (Development), Additional Deputy Commissioner (Urban Development), District Development and Panchayat Officer as its Members, whereas the Deputy Economic & Statistical Adviser can be its Member Secretary.
Further, the works to be undertaken beneath the programme can be applied by Government Body/PRIs/ULBs, or as could also be deemed applicable by the Deputy Commissioner, and as per the rules of respective departments. The allocation of funds to the districts can be made beneath provisions of the ‘Punjab Nirman Programme’.