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In this modern age forest protection can be done with the help of the latest available tools including drones. Modern surveillance can save the forests along with the participation of villagers to protect this green gold of Jammu and Kashmir.

Recently the Chief Secretary was reviewing CAMPA while he stressed on the officers to be more vigilant on ground.

He stressed the use of IT tools, drones, and mobile apps for real-time surveillance, besides ensuring people’s participation in forest conservation, protection, and regeneration. Government has asked the forest Department to complete the audit of CAMPA in the near future.

Regarding the physical and financial progress achieved under CAMPA, the PCCF apprised the Committee that till October 2021, Rs. 1238.29 crore stands deposited in the State Fund in addition to Rs. 23.13 crore available in the account maintained by the National Authority. Under the CAMPA scheme, Rs. 775.82 crore has been spent over the last decade on rehabilitating 64,499 Hectares area by planting 436 lakh trees.

The Chief Executive Officer, CAMPA made a detailed presentation giving the status of implementation of the approved Annual Plan of Operations (APOs) of 2021-22 and proposed Budget Estimates for the next financial year 2022-23. He informed that planting in about 25% of the target area has been achieved during the monsoon period and the remaining targets will be achieved during the winter planting season. Tendering for fencing works has been completed and fencing for winter planting is currently underway.

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