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Gujarat Minister for Forest & Environment Shri Mangubhai Patel today called on Union Minister for Forest and Environment Shri Jairam Ramesh and requested him to solve all the important issues of the State pending in his Ministry. During the meeting with Shri Jairam Ramesh, the Gujarat Minister urged that a Compensatory Afforestation Management Fund (CAMPA) may be released as soon as possible.

The State Government has a total provision of Rs.485 crore for comlpensatory funds parked with Centre, which includes Rs.132.63 crore towards compensatory afforestation and Rs.349.72 crore towards net present value. He urged the Union Minister that adhoc CAMPA has been released so far by the Central Government in two instalments for Gujarat amounting to Rs.24.96 crore and Rs.29.16 crore, totaling Rs.54.12 crore, which is utterly inadequate.

Gujarat Minister also requested to release fund for ‘State Forest Development Agency' and the ‘Greening India Programme' schemes. During the discussion with the Union Minister, Shri Mangubhai Patel also urged that Central Government should approve Rs.600 crore for constructing ring road around Gir Lion Sanctuary for protection and conservation of the lions. He also urged for establishment of a National level Bio-diversity Institute in Jamnagar or Kutch and invited Union Minister Shri Jairam Ramesh to visit Gujarat, which he agreed to do so.

Shri Jairam Ramesh assured Gujarat Minister that he will personally look into all the issues and will sort them out at the earliest.

Gujarat Minister of State for Forest & Environment Shri Kiritsinh Rana, Principal Secretary, Forest & Environment Dr. S. K. Nanda and Principal Chief Conservator of Forest Shri Pradeep Khanna were also present during the meeting with the Minister.

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