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Green India Mission falls short of target

New Delhi: Green India Mission (GIM) under National Action Plan on Climate Change (NAPCC) has fallen one third short of its target planned from 2015-16 to 2020-21. The ambitious plan aimed at afforestation activities has hit a road block in few states while achieving 100 percent targets in few others.

Five out of total of 15 states listed under the GIM has achieved full target. These states are namely Mizoram, Odisha, Punjab, Karnataka and Sikkim. However, three other states namely West Bengal, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu & Kashmir are still to come on board under the GIM.

In an reply to an Right to Information (RTI) filed by Kerela based activist K Govindan Nampoothiry, the environment ministry has replied that five state have achieved the five year target given under the plan in full while others have fallen short at varying degrees.

The GIM aimed to bring qualitative changes in forest cover in the participating states and ministry of environment have released Rs455 crore under the plan. The achievement under GIM stands at 117507 hectare under the target of afforestation approved from 2015-16 to 2020-21. The total target was set at 167152 hectare.

GIM was launched as an ambitious project in 15 states and union territories in 2015-16. It was one of the eight mission under NAPCC aimed at protecting, restoring and enhancing the country’s fast depilating forest cover. These plans were response to climate change challenges incorporating a combination of adaptation and mitigation measures.

The mission had envisaged a holistic view of increasing forest cover focusing on multiple approach towards ecosystem, community and sustainability.

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