Centre doles out Rs 25 cr for save forest campaign

Karaiba Chawang
Kohima | December 11

In order to promote sustainable development based on ‘green agenda’ of protecting forest cover in the State, the Centre has agreed to provide Rs 5 crore per year for a period of five years, for maintenance and preservation of Nagaland’s forest cover and biodiversity. With forest cover much above of the national average, the decision to adopt an ‘approach strategy’ that would ensure environmental sustainability and to convert it forests into tangible economic benefits during the 11th five year plan has been well received by the Central Government. 

This was disclosed by state Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio, while addressing the gathering at the free LPG distribution function by Forest Department at Indira Gandhi Stadium. Rio said that on recommendation of the Twelfth Finance Commission (TFC), the Centre agreed to give this amount for a period of 5 years to the state. 

The free LPG distribution by the Forest Department for villages under Kohima is funded from this TFC award, the Chief Minister said. 

In the financial year 2006-07, the state forest department will provide free domestic LPG connections to all MLAs of the state, for further distribution amongst needy villagers in their own constituencies.  The first phase, covering Zunheboto district, has been completed with distribution of 300 domestic and 200 commercial LPG connections, where by all recognized villages of the district have been provided with one commercial LPG connection, which is expected to help in creating awareness amongst the people about the need of finding alternative energy for cooking.
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