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`Green India blueprint to be submitted to PM`

A blueprint of Green India mission, which seeks to enhance the country`s forest cover, will be submitted to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh next week, Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh said today.



New Delhi: A blueprint of Green India
mission, which seeks to enhance the country`s forest cover,
will be submitted to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh next week,
Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh said today.

Ramesh said his ministry, which held consultations
with various stakeholders, is in the last stage of
finalisation of the Green India Mission.

Asserting that it will not be business as usual,
Ramesh said the mission "will be a different model of greening
through involvement of locals, elected bodies and
entrepreneurs".

The Green India Mission in one of the eight missions
announced by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in 2008 under the
National Action Plan on Climate Change (NAPCC). It aims to
expand forest cover from 23 per cent to 33 per cent in the
country and afforestation of six million hectares of degraded
forest land.

The blueprint will be submitted to the Prime Minister
for his approval next week, Ramesh said.
Apparently concerned over developmental projects
eating away forests, the minister said that Green India
mission cannot become a success "if we go on de-greening.

"De-greening is not sustainable growth. Its time that
instead of giving weightage to fiscal sustainability as we
have been doing so far, we should talk about ecological
sustainability," the Union Minister said addressing a tiger
symposium here.

Four lakh hectares of land has been brought under
forest cover in last 10 years. In the next 10 years, under
Green India Mission, it is planned to double this achievement.

He also pointed out that Joint Forest Management
Committees can play an important role in increasing the forest
cover. "JFMC has to be made accountable and owned by Gram
Sabhas so that community has its stake in the forests," Ramesh
said.

Bureau Report

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