Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Tuesday finalised the modalities of a Greening Mission Fund created to enhance the states forest cover. The state government will commit Rs 67 crore to increase the area under forest cover from 7 per cent to 15 per cent through massive plantation drives.
Presiding over a meeting of senior officers besides the chief administrators of development authorities,Badal asked them to mobilise resources to fund the green mission program. Punjab is the first state to launch this unique afforestation project and the state has set up a dedicated fund under the greening Punjab mission to garner financial support from government departments to ensure it is financially viable and self-sustainable.
Principal secretary (finance) Satish Chandra apprised Badal that NABARD had already sanctioned a loan of Rs 30 crore for the program this fiscal. On Badals persuasion development authorities like GMADA,PUDA and PPCB have offered Rs 5 crore each while BDA contributed Rs 3 crore,the Mandi Board donated Rs 2 crore and PDA and Markfed contributed Rs 1 crore each.
Rs 55 crore under health core plan
The Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Tuesday approved Rs 55 crore,as part of the Rs 350 crore health core-plan,for the up-gradation of existing health institutions and construction of new ones. The state government has so far spent Rs 162.93 crore to construct health centres and provide equipment.