Forest norms violation in plantation drive: CAG

In fresh trouble for Uttar Pradesh government, a CAG report has said there were irregularities and violation of forest norms in much hyped plantation drive launched by the ruling BSP in Bundelkhand region.

Lucknow: In fresh trouble for Uttar Pradesh
government, already mired in controversy for alleged NRHM
scam, a CAG report has said there were irregularities and
violation of forest norms in much hyped plantation drive
launched by the ruling BSP in Bundelkhand region.

The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) in its report
said Rs 40.1 crore spent on the plantation drive in
Bundelkhand region was irregular as it was carried out without
proper planning and in violation of the forest norms.

"In a follow up of the Chief Minister`s declaration, the
Bundelkhand special plantation drive 2008 was launched in
seven districts of the region which envisaged plantation of 10
crore saplings," it said.

The state government in July 2008 ordered the district
magistrate to ensure plantation by eight departments against
the target fixed for them within three days, it said.

It also ordered all divisional forest officers to send
saplings to the region within two days by arranging transport,
the charges for which were to be reimbursed by seven
divisional forest officers of Bundelkhand.

PTI

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