Mission for Green India and MGNERGA to come together and carry afforestation

Mission-Green-India-and-MGNREGA-to-facilitate-AfforestationThe Central Government has decided to extend its flagship rural jobs scheme to include afforestation as part of a move to create more durable assets through the program that Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently derided as a living monument to the previous UPA government’s failures and promised to overhaul.

Officials said the National Mission for a Green India (GIM) and the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) will now converge to facilitate afforestation on 10 million hectares of land over the next decade.

This would, in turn, help provide forest-based livelihood income to three million households. Budget 2015-16 has made an initial allocation of Rs 34,699 crore for MGNREGA, with a possibility of an increase of Rs 5,000 crore if buoyancy in tax collection allows, making it the highest allocation to the scheme since it was launched in 2006.

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