Delhi: The Union Budget is less green as compared to last year with
finance minister Pranab Mukherjee increasing the allocation for the
environment and forests ministry by a marginal Rs 130 crore this time.
The budgetary allocation for environment and forests ministry for 2012-13
has been fixed at Rs 2,430 crore while it was Rs 2,300 crore in 2011-12.
Last year, while earmarking Rs 200 crore from the National Clean Energy
Fund for protection of forests under the Green India Mission, Mukherjee
had said that conservation and regeneration of forests has great
ecological, economic and social value.
The documents say an amount of Rs 906.68 crore will be utilised for
generation of forests, protection of wildlife and eco-development
This includes the allocation for the government's ambitious programmes
like Green India Mission and national afforestation programmes.
The Green India Mission is one of the eight missions under the National
Action Plan for Climate Change and it has been operationalised with an
objective to increase forest cover on five million hectares of lands and
improved quality of forest cover on another five million hectares of
While the government's tiger conservation project got a marginal hike of
Rs 6 crore from previous years' Rs 145.61 crore, no allocation has been
made this year for the National Lake Conservation Plan for which Rs 50
crore was allocated in the previous budget.
Last year, Mukherjee had specially allocated Rs 200 crore for cleaning
"many rivers and lakes of cultural and historical significance".