Alleging misuse of CAMPA funds, SAM seeks probe

By Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Oct 30: The Save Arunachal Movement (SAM) on Monday demanded the state Govt to constitute a state level monitoring committee to evaluate various schemes implemented under State Compensatory Afforestation Fund Management (CAMPA).

CAMPA schemes across the state have been implemented by violating the norms of CAMPA Act 2016, SAM general secretary Sangey Phuntsok told media persons in Arunachal Press Club here on Monday and threatened to file a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) if the plea is not addressed within a month.

More than Rs 8,000 crore aimed at preservation of natural forest, wildlife and other allied works for larger interest of the state have been embezzled by the forest department’s officers, he alleged and claimed to have gathered necessary documents through RTI from the department.

A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was supposed to be signed between the department and land owners as per CAMPA Act, which was not followed in by forest department  to utter dismay, he claimed.

The department has been carrying out plantation across the state since 2018 without the knowledge of actual land owners, SAM chairman Tami Pangu claimed.

The department and officers concerned have breached laid down rules besides duping the villagers which is serious in nature, he said and urged the state police special investigation cell (SIC) to expedite investigation process to punish bring all the officers involved in gross mismanagement of funds to book.

SAM’s demands also included to evaluate physical achievement of plantations initiated under CAMPA outside reserve forest areas, demarcation of area falling under afforestation works carried by forest department under CAMPA and probe whether guidelines for scheme proposal were followed or not.

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