Chandigarh, Nov 10 (UNI) The Haryana Forest Department has decided to include 22 more villages of Rewari and Mahendergarh districts in the ''Integrated Natural Resources Management and Poverty Reduction''project during this year.
Out of these ten villages fall in Rewari district and 12 in Mahendergarh district.
This project is being implemented with the assistance of Japan Bank of International Co-Operation to rehabilitate forest land and reduce poverty in the project villages.
A spokesman of the forest department said so far 29 villages of Rewari and 36 villages of Mahendergarh were selected under the project which would continue till 2010-2011.
He said three Self Help Groups and Village Forest Committees were being constituted in each selected village to increase the resources through Income Generation Activities consultancy services of experts was being engaged to strengthen the Self Help Groups (SHGs) and increase their income.
He said the department had invited consultancy services for the project, which comprised villages of districts of Rohtak, Jhajjar, Sonipat, Panipat and Karnal, for a period of one year from November 15, 2007 to November 14, 2008.