Rs 4,647 crore for forest protection of NE region

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Imphal, May 3 (UNI) The Union Ministry of Environment and Forests has sanctioned Rs 4,647 crore to the Northeastern states during the last three years for conserving the forests, Manipur Information Centre (MIC) officials said here today.

The yearwise allocations were Rs 1388.19 crore in 2005-06, Rs 1520.14 crore in 2006-07 and Rs 1539 crore in 2007-08.

The different Central Schemes for which the funds were provided included development of national parks and sanctuaries, biosphere reserve, conservation and management of mangroves, coral reefs and wetlands, project elephant, project tiger, national aforestation programme and gregarious flowering muli bamboo.

The MIC officials said Union Minister of State for Environment and Forests Namo Narain Meena provided this information to a question by MP from Outer Manipur Parliamentary Constituency Mani Charenamei.

Manipur received Rs 303.01 lakh for Development of National Parks and Sanctuaries, Rs 30 lakh for Conservation and Management of Mangroves, Coral Reefs and Wetlands, Rs 666.98 lakh for Integrated Forest Protection Scheme, Rs 2,608 lakh for National Aforestation Programme and Rs 844.40 lakh for Gregarious Flowering Muli Bamboo.

The area of plantation taken up under the National Afforestation and Eco-development Board (NAEB) during the last three years in Manipur was 12,795 hectares.


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