Imphal: The Federation of All Tribal Youth Clubs, Manipur (FATYCM) has accused several officials of Forest Department of misusing central fund amounting to Rs 309 crore meant for the implementation of Compensatory Afforestation Fund Management and Planning Authority (CAMPA) scheme which aims at undertaking compensatory afforestation efforts and other activities to preserve the environment.
Addressing media persons on Tuesday, FATYCM President R. Asing alleged that central fund amounting to Rs. 309 crore sanctioned for the implementation of CAMPA scheme has been siphoned off by several officers of the Forest Department. He informed that the fund was sanctioned to the Forest Department by the Central Government on August 30, 2019.
He informed that a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) was filed by three persons namely Momo Tatanga (30) from Kambang Khunou in Tengnoupal district, AS. Ningpen (32) from Ningthi village under Chassad in Ukhrul district and Hopeson Machinao (44) from Silent village in Kangpokpi district in the High Court of Manipur, alleging misappropriation of fund worth Rs 309 crore sanctioned for the implementation of CAMPA scheme in the State.
He said that the implementation of CAMPA scheme in the State has completely failed as not a single tree was found planted under the scheme in both the hills and valley.
He said that there is no differentiation of hills and valley when it comes to preserving forests and the concerned stakeholders, CSOs and other organizations of the State should work together and come forward like the mass Chipko Movement launched by the tribal people of Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh in 1973.
Strongly condemning the threat served to the three petitioners allegedly by some officials of the Forest Department, he said the fund misappropriation came to light after a RTI was filed.