CAMPA funds unlocked

CAMPA funds unlocked Rs 11,000 crore to go to states for afforestation

THE Supreme Court has ordered that Rs 11,000 crore, collected for diversion of forestland for non-forest uses, be released to state governments. States in India have long fought the Centre to recover the money they gave to the compensatory afforestation fund. Collected over seven years, the money has been lying idle because the states and the Centre disagreed over controlling the money.

The money came under Central control, via a Supreme Court intervention in 2002, because the states had not utilized the money. The states alleged that the Centre retained far too much control in its earlier plans (see

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