Question raised in Rajya Sabha on Goals of NAP and GIM, 18/07/2016

Question raised in Rajya Sabha on Goals of NAP and GIM, 18/07/2016. The two major Centrally Sponsored Schemes (CSSs), of this Ministry namely National Afforestation Programme (NAP) Scheme and the Green India Mission (GIM) are being implemented in participatory mode under Joint Forest Management (JFM) approach. The objective of the National Afforestation Programme scheme is regeneration of degraded forests by institutionalizing decentralized forest management. Under NAP, an area of over 2.1 million hectares has been sanctioned for afforestation with an investment of about Rs. 3640 crores since its inception in the year 2000. GIM aims to increase forest & tree cover on 1.4 million hectare area and to improve quality of forest cover on another 1.4 million hectare area with eco-system services by the end of 2017-18 with an outlay of Rs. 13,000 crores. The Forest Survey of India (FSI), Dehradun assesses the forest cover of the country at the interval of two years. As per India State of Forest Report (ISFR) 2015, there is a net increase of 3775 sq. km. in the forest cover as compared to the previous assessment of 2013. The State wise details of forest cover is given in Annexure-I. The State-wise details of amount released under GIM is given in Annexure-II.