Panchayat bodies to be involved in afforestation of non-forest land

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New Delhi, Mar 5 (UNI) A Scheme for afforestation on non-forest lands by involving the Panchayati Raj Institutions has been mooted by the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Minister of State for Environment and Forests S Regupathy told the Lok Sabha today.

In a written reply in the House, Mr Regupathy said the scheme had not been approved yet, though the draft guidelines of the proposed scheme had been circulated to States/Union Territories and Ministries concerned of the Government of India for their comments.

The Kerala Forest Department has been requested to resubmit the proposal after the scheme is approved and as per its approved Guidelines, he said.

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