PM ap­proves Rs2b for Green Pak­istan Pro­gramme

Pakistan Observer - - NATIONAL -

ISLAMABAD—An amount of Rs2 bil­lion has been ear­marked for the Prime Min­is­ter’s Green Pak­istan Pro­gramme (GPP) as Prime Min­is­ter Nawaz Sharif has ap­proved the sum­mary moved by the Cli­mate Change Min­istry.

“Prime Min­is­ter has ap­proved the sum­mary sub­mit­ted by the Cli­mate Change Min­istry for ap­proval of the grant for launch­ing the for­est and wildlife pro­tec­tion and con­ser­va­tion pro­gramme of na­tional sig­nif­i­cance,” Deputy In­spec­tor Gen­eral For­est Mu­naf Qaimkhani told me­dia brief­ing here on Tues­day. The amount has been ap­proved for two new fi­nan­cial years (one bil­lion each for 2016-17 and 201718), he fur­ther said.

Un­der the pro­ject around 105 mil­lion trees would be planted across the coun­try as part of the fiveyear Green Pak­istan Pro­gramme cost­ing Rs 10 bil­lion dur­ing next five years for its im­ple­men­ta­tion.

GPP, which will be im­ple­mented be­tween year 2016 and 2021, is the re­sult of the prime min­is­ter’s di­rec­tives in con­sul­ta­tions with all rel­e­vant stake­hold­ers. The pro­gramme would be launched for­mally with up­com­ing mon­soon tree plan­ta­tion cam­paign 2016 in July, he ex­plained in re­sponse to a ques­tion. The Green Pak­istan Pro­gramme (GPP) was been rolled out on the di­rec­tives of the Prime Min­is­ter Muham­mad Nawaz Sharif for re­vival of forestry and wildlife re­sources in the coun­try.

“What is se­ri­ously needed to make the green pro­gramme a real suc­cess is the im­me­di­ate re­quire­ment for pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ments to al­lo­cate coun­ter­part funds in their de­vel­op­ment pro­grammes for FY 2016-17 to qual­ify for the 50 per­cent fed­eral con­tri­bu­tion un­der the green pro­gramme,” he em­pha­sized.

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