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Working Group for the formulation of Tenth Five Year Plan (2002-2007).

Forestry

Dated 24th November 2000

Composition:

1. Secretary, MoEF, New Delhi. Chairman
2. Principal Adviser (E and F) Planning Commission, New Delhi. Member
3. I.G F. and Spl. Secretary, MoEF.New Delhi. Member
4. Add). IGF, MoEF, New Delhi. Member
5. Joint Secretary (NAEB) MoEF, New Delhi. Member-Secretary
6. Director General CFRE, Dehradun. Member
7. Director Forest Survey of India, Dehradun Member
8. Director, IP1RTI, Bangalore. Member
9. PCCF, Andhra Pradesh. Member
10. PCCF, Gujarat. Member
11. PCCF.BJhar Member
12. PCCF, Uttar Pradesh 'Member
13. PCCF, Himachal Pradesh. Member
14. Director, Botanical Survey of India Member
15. Director, IIFM, Bhopal. Member
16. Representative, Indian Saw Mills Assoc. Member
17. Representative of Paper and Pulp Mills Assoc. Member
18. Representative of Plywood Traders Assoc. Member
19. Shri Kaushal Kumar, Utthan, 18-A Auckland Road, Allahabad Member
20. Shri R.C.Jhamtani, Joint Adviser (E and F) Planning Commission Member
21. Shri N.K. Singh, Deputy Adviser Planning Commission, New Delhi. Member

Terms of reference :

  1. To make recommendations for evolving an effective and efficient paradigm for forestry sector for the tenth five year plan based on a review of the existing policy / approach and taking into account the weaknesses in institutional, legislative, regulatory and enforcement structures.

    Within the broader socio-economic objectives of the Tenth Five Year plan the Committee may focus, inter alia, on the following items:-
    1. Greening the country through joint forest management, agro-forestry, urban forestry and afforestation of wastelands.
    2. Capacity building for conservation and development of natural resources rooted in the principles of ecology, economics, social and gender equity, energy conservation, employment generation and social auditing.
    3. Increasing productivity, reducing demand and supply imbalances, increasing export and reducing import of timber and pulpwood and other forest produce.
    4. Recognising the symbiotic relationship between forest dwellers and forest, implementing poverty alleviation schemes, gainful employment and empowerment of tribals and women.
    5. Strengthening linkages between forestry, agriculture, pastures, watershed development and tribal development programmes.
    6. Focus on development and sustainable use of medicinal plants, bamboo and canes and other Non-timber forest produce (NTFP).
    7. Conservation of biodiversity and sustainable use..
    8. Low cost, less energy, less material intensive, clean technologies for processing of forest produce.
    9. ix) A vigorous role for voluntary agencies and community centred forest care movement.
    10. x) Innovative ways for augmenting flow of resources into the sector.
    11. xi) Forest clearance.
  2. To recommend a portfolio of schemes, corresponding physical targets, measurable objectives and financial requirements for the sector adopting the concept of Zero-based budget
  3. To include any other issue, which the working group considers important.

The Chairman of the Working Group may set up sub-groups / task forces for in-depth studies on specific issues.

The working group may invite any non-official / expert for participation in the working group.

The expenditure on TA/DA in connection with the meetings of the working group will be borne by the Planning Commission. The non-official would be entitled as per rules and regulations of TA/DA applicable to Grade-4 officers of the Government of India.

The working group would submit the final report to the Planning Commission by the 30th September 2001.