Union minister Prakash Javadekar (right) handing over the cheque to Meghalaya’s forest and environment minister Lahkmen Rymbui (middle)

Shillong: Union minister of environment, forest and climate change Prakash Javadekar handed over a cheque of Rs 163.31 crore to Meghalaya forest and environment minister Lahkmen Rymbui as part the Compensatory Afforestation Fund Management and Planning Authority (CAMPA).

The CAMPA is used for increasing forest area, water conservation in forest areas and improvement of degraded land in forest areas. In all, funds of up to Rs 47,436 crore were handed over to 27 states in New Delhi recently.

“Handed over sanction letter for Rs 163.31 Cr. to #Meghalaya for Afforestation #CAMPA. The issue which was pending for more than a decade has been resolved by @narendramodi govt,” tweeted Javadekar.

“Important activities on which the fund will be utilised will be for the compensatory afforestation, catchment area treatment, wildlife management, assisted natural regeneration, forest fire prevention and control operations, soil and moisture conservation works in the forest, improvement of wildlife habitat, management of biological diversity and biological resources, research in forestry and monitoring of CAMPA works, etc,” Javadekar said.

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Following Javadekar’s tweet, Meghalaya chief minister Conrad K Sangma tweeted, “We express our gratitude to Hon’ble Minister @moefcc @PrakashJavdekar ji for the much awaited sanction. We are upbeat that we will be able to make a difference for the State by initiating measures for afforestation and further ensure a greener #Meghalaya.”

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