Bhubaneswar, August 29 (LocalWire): Odisha, with the country’s fourth largest forest cover, was granted the highest Campa Fund (Compensatory Afforestation Fund Management and Planning Authority) by the Union ministry of environment, forest and climate change in New Delhi today.
While Odisha received Rs 5933.98 crore, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh received Rs 5,100 crore each.
The state minister for forest and environment, Bikaram Keshri Arakhu, was handed over the cheque by the union minister for environment, forest and climate change Prakash Javedekar, according to a release issued by the state government.
Odisha had received Rs 2,644 crores from 2009-10 to 2017-18 under Campa from the Centre, of which it spent Rs 2,548 crore.
The Campa funds were mostly used for compensatory afforestation, forest protection, infrastructure development, wildlife management and creation of community forest.
The judicious and proper use of funds prompted the centre to sanction the highest grants to the state this time, said senior forest officials.