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Rs 9,899-cr Chhattisgarh action plan to deal with climate change approved

RAIPUR: A Rs 9,899 crore Chhattisgarh action plan has been approved to deal with climate change challenges, at a meeting chaired by chief minister Dr Raman Singh here on Tuesday. In the action plan, a provision of Rs 9,899 crore has been made for the next five years.

According to official sources, central government and world-level financial institutions would provide 40 per cent amount as grant and the state government arrange 60 per cent amount from various ongoing departmental project heads.

This action plan will be forwarded to the Central government for further approval. After approval from the Centre, work will start in the state as per the action plan.

Agriculture and water resources minister Brijmohan Agrawal, home minister Ramsevak Paikra, panchayat and rural development minister Ajay Chandrakar, higher education minister Premprakash Pandey, woman and child development minister Ramsheela Sahu, PWD minister Rajesh Munat, Tribal and Scheduled Caste Development minister Kedar Kashyap, food, civil supplies and consumer protection minister Punnulal Mohale, chief secretary Vivek Dhand, principal secretaries and secretaries of different departments were present in the meeting.

The chief minister said that climate change is not a local, but a global issue. “United, the whole world should have to deal with this problem. At personal level also, we should be vigilant towards environment and work. By bringing changes in our behavior and lifestyle, we can contribute in dealing with the challenges of climate change,” he added.

The chief minister said that uncertainty in monsoon and increased temperature were the main indication of climate change. The state government would implement its schemes in such a way, which would be helpful in supple climate change. The reaction of climate change could be stopped by controlling soil erosion by using Campa Fund of forest department and by planting more saplings and covering the earth with greenery, he said.

Principal chief conservator of forest and nodal officer for climate change Dr Arvind Boaz shed light on the main points of Chhattisgarh climate change related action plan through a presentation.