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Introduction

Plan Coordination Division is responsible for coordination of all Plan Schemes and Programmes of the Ministry of Environment & Forests and works in close association with Planning Commission and Ministry of Finance (Department of Economic Affairs’ Budget Division and Department of Expenditure). Its work involves preparation, monitoring and review of the Ministry’s Five Year Plans, Annual Plans and Annual Action Plans as also the Annual Union Budget and the Outcome Budget of the Ministry. The Division also looks after monitoring of progress reports and reports under the 20-Point Programme (Point XV item Nos. 52 & 53).

Activities undertaken during year 2012-13

The progress of the programmatic variegated Centrally Sponsored Schemes (CSS) and Central Sector (CS) Schemes is reviewed regularly in the Ministry and necessary corrective action is taken to ensure proper and meaningful deployment of resources with a view to build up the capacities of the State Governments in Environment and Forestry and Wildlife sectors as well as implementing agencies.
 
From 2012-13 onwards, the Ministry has rationalized eight CSS of the Eleventh Five Year Plan (2007-2012) to five in the Twelfth Five Year Plan (2012-17) by suitable merger/ clubbing, thereby reducing the total number of thematic/ umbrella schemes from 22 to 18, comprising of five CSS and 13 CS Schemes, including one on Climate Change which has been approved by the Planning Commission. The details are given in Table-72.  Amongst sub-Schemes, the Schemes of Industrial Pollution Abatement through Preventive Strategies and Clean Technologies have been merged into a single scheme under the thematic scheme of Pollution Abatement. Similarly, the schemes of NLCP and Wetlands have been merged into a single scheme on “National Plan for Conservation of Aquatic Eco-Systems” (NPCA) under the thematic scheme of “Conservation of Natural Resources & Eco Systems”. The Scheme of Taj Protection has also been clubbed under this thematic Scheme. Under the thematic Scheme of International Cooperation Activities, a new sub-Scheme on Desertification Cell has been added. The Civil Construction Unit Scheme is a non-Plan Scheme and has been shown to account for Plan expenditure on construction of New Building of the Ministry (Indira Paryavaran Bhavan), which is likely to be completed by June 2014.
New Initiatives in the Twelfth Plan include:
  • Recasting the Scheme of Common Effluent Treatment Plant (CETPs)
  • Enhancement of Sewage Treatment Capacity
  • National Plan for Conservation of Aquatic Eco Systems (NPCA)
  • National Environmental Monitoring Programme
  • National Forestry Information System
  • Invasive Species Management
  • Coastal and Marine Conservation
  • Valuation of Ecosystem Services and Biodiversity
  • Environmental Performance Index
  • Rangeland and Silvi Pasture Development Scheme
  • Satellite-based Forest Resource Assessment
  • Green India Mission.

Table: Rationalization of Centrally Sponsored Schemes in the Twelfth Plan

 

Existing Composition of CSS

XI Plan

Restructured composition

XII Plan

1.    National River Conservation Plan

        l       NRCD

        l       NRCP             

        l       NGRBA

1.    National River Conservation Plan

        l       NRCD

        l       NRCP             

        l       NGRBA

2.    Conservation of Natural

        Resources and Eco-Systems

l       Conservation of Wetlands, Mangroves, Coral

l       NLCP

l       Biosphere Reserves

l       BCRLIP

2.    Conservation of Natural Resources and Eco-Systems

l       National Plan for Conservation of Aquatic Eco-Systems (incl. NLCP and Wetlands)

l       Conservation of Mangroves, Coral

l       Biosphere Reserves

l       BCRLIP

l       Environmental  Management in Heritage &  Tourist Centres incl. Taj Protection  

3.    Environmental  Management in heritage & Tourist Centres, incl. Taj Protection

4.    National Afforestation Programme

3.    Afforestation & Forest Management

            l       National Afforestation Programme

            l       Green India Mission

            l       Intensification of Forest Management Scheme

 

5.    Intensification of Forest Management Scheme

6.    Integrated Development of Wildlife Habitats

4.    Wildlife Management

        l       Integrated Development of Wildlife Habitats

        l       Project Elephant 

7.    Project Elephant

8.    Project Tiger

5.    Project Tiger 

Eleventh Five Year Plan (2007-2012) 

Ministry of Environment & Forests had an approved outlay of ₹10,000 crores for the Eleventh Five Year Plan, 2007-12. Within the Five Year Plan, the approved outlays and expenditure incurred in each of the five Annual Plans have been given sector-wise in Table-73. As may be seen, Annual Plan  2007-08 had an approved outlay of ₹1,351.00 crores against which the actual utilization amounted to ₹1,349.73 crores.  In 2008-09, it was allocated an outlay of ₹ 1,500.00 crores, against which the actual utilization amounted to ₹1,483.02 crores. Annual Plan 2009-10 had an approved outlay of ₹1,880.00 crores, reduced at RE stage to ₹1,650.00 crores under economy instructions, against which the actual utilization amounted to ₹1,630.69 crores. Annual Plan 2010-11 had an approved outlay of ₹ 2,200.00 crores, against which the actual utilization amounted to ₹2,181.58 crores. In the last year of the Eleventh Plan, the Annual Plan 2011-12 had an approved outlay of ₹2,300.00 crores, against which the actual expenditure amounted to ₹1825.44 crores. 

 

Table: Sector-wise Summary of Eleventh Plan Outlays/ Actual Expenditure 
(₹ crore)

Sector

Environment

NRCD#

Forests & Wildlife

NAEB@

Animal Welfare

Total

Period

XI Plan Approved Outlay

1,246.01

2,540.00

2,943.99

3,150.00

120.00

10,000.00

2007-08

 

 

 

 

 

 

Outlay

259.16

340.00

371.61

359.23

21.00

1351.00

Expenditure

224.22

320.94

361.73

422.05

20.79

1349.73

2008-09

 

 

 

 

 

 

Outlay

261.38

340.00

475.00

398.62

25.00

1,500.00

Expenditure

240.42

326.12

520.87

370.71

24.90

1,483.02

2009-10

 

 

 

 

 

 

Outlay

291.42

577.33

599.63

386.62

25.00

1,880.00*

Expenditure

253.03

426.69

572.00

354.97

24.00

1,630.69

2010-11

 

 

 

 

 

 

Outlay

480.17

751.71

592.12

352.00

24.00

2,200.00

Expenditure

465.87

755.02

582.92

353.93

23.84

2,181.58

2011-12

 

 

 

 

 

 

Outlay

621.21

751.71

573.08

330.00

24.00

2,300.00

Expenditure

465.42

421.94

579.84

334.92

23.32

1,825.44

Total [2007-12]

 

 

 

 

 

 

Outlay

1,913.34

2,760.75

2,611.44

1,826.47

119.00

9,231.00

Expenditure

1,648.72

2,250.71

2,617.36

1,836.58

116.85

8,470.46

 
# Includes Schemes of National River Conservation Plan (NRCP) and National Plan for Conservation of Aquatic Eco Systems (NPCA).
@ Includes Schemes of National Afforestation & Eco-Development Board (NAEB), National Afforestation Programme (NAP), and Green India Mission (GIM).
* Under Finance Ministry’s economy instructions, RE 2009-10 was reduced to ₹ 1,650.00 crore.
 

Twelfth Five Year Plan (2012-2017) 

The Twelfth Plan Document, approved by the National Development Council (NDC) on 27th December 2012, has the basic theme of “Faster, Sustainable, and more Inclusive Growth”, and lays out major targets, key challenges to meet them, and the broad strategy that may be followed to achieve the stated objectives. Ministry of Environment & Forests has been allocated an outlay of ₹ 17,874 crores, which works out to 0.41% of the Plan allocation across various Ministries/ Departments as against a share of 0.42% or ₹ 9231.00 crores in the Eleventh Plan.  At current prices, the enhancement in this Ministry’s Twelfth Plan outlay over the Eleventh Plan outlay, however, works out to 109%.  
Twelfth Plan has identified 13 Monitorable Socio-Economic targets for this Ministry, which has been taken up for regular monitoring of progress made by the Ministry.  These targets are as follows: 
Environment and Climate Change
  • Assess and remediate 12 identified contaminated sites (hazardous chemicals and wastes) with potential for ground water contamination by 2017.
  • Clean 80 per cent of critically polluted stretches in rivers by 2017 and 100 per cent by 2020.
  • States to meet National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) in urban areas by 2017.
  • To reduce emission intensity of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in line with the target of 20 to 25 per cent reduction over 2005 levels by 2020. 
Forests and Livelihood
  • Greening 5 million ha under GIM including 1.5 m.ha. of degraded lands, afforestation and eco-restoration of 0.9 m.ha. of ecologically sensitive areas.
  • Technology-based monitoring of forest cover, biodiversity and growing stock including change-monitoring on periodical basis through dedicated satellite by 2017 and establishment of open web-based National Forestry & Environmental Information system for research and public accessibility by 2015.
  • Engagement of Village Green Guards/ Community Foresters for every Joint Forest Management (JFM) village by 2016.
  • Establish forestry seed bank in forest circles and Model Nursery in every district with information on public portal by 2014.
Wildlife, Ecotourism and Animal Welfare
  • Twenty per cent of veterinary professionals in the country will be trained in treating wildlife.
  • Integrated Ecotourism District Plans covering 10 per cent of all potential Protected Areas (PAs) by 2017.
  • Promoting participation of private sector, civil societies, NGOs and philanthropists in animal welfare.
Ecosystem and Biodiversity
  • Restore 0.1 mha. of wetlands/ inland lakes/ water bodies by 2017.
  • Mapping and preparation of biodiversity management plans for deserts (both cold and arid), coastal areas, important coral zones, wetlands, mangroves and so on to be completed by 2017.
Besides, 14 Goals have also been identified in the Plan Document, which would receive focus and special attention, inter alia, through the Annual Plans of the Ministry.  These 14 Goals are set out below:
Environment
  • Epidemiological studies to assess improvement in health status due to better management of environment and ecology.
  • Promotion and adoption of cleaner technology, strengthening and initiation of reforms in regulations, policy making and enforcement institutions for environmental governance.
  • Move towards cumulative and strategic Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA).
  • Ensure ecological flows in all rivers by regulating abstractions so as to allow conservation of riverine ecosystems through developing a legal framework and management strategy for conservation of river basins.
  • Promotion of recycling and reuse of treated sewage in urban projects such as sanitation, landscaping, central air conditioning and so on.
Forests and Livelihood
  • Improve forest productivity, production and sustainable management of biodiversity (equity in access to benefit sharing with local people).
  • Restore and intensify forest-rangelands/ grazing-land management and establish community grazing land around forest fringe villages.
  • Build capacity of Village Forest Committees/ Joint Forest Management Committees (JFMCs) for management of forest resources including ecotourism.
  • Revive seed orchards and silviculture plots for various forest types of the country, as well as for enlisted species under Minor Forest Produce (MFP)/ Non Timber Forest Produce (NTFP), including genetic improvement, and establishment, of clonal orchards.
Wildlife, Ecotourism and Animal Welfare
  • Reducing and managing human–wildlife conflict.
  • Commercialisation of permissible marine products rich in poly unsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs), vitamins and so on.
  • Promotion of ecotourism and participatory eco-development support livelihood of local population.
Ecosystem and Biodiversity
  • Develop national targets and indicators related to biodiversity and support actions to strengthen implementation of Biological Diversity Act, 2002 and ensure bio-safety for economic and social development of local communities.
  • Assess coastal biodiversity resources, ensure sustainable management, restoration of mangroves, coral reefs and wetlands and support livelihood.

Annual Plan 2013-14 and Annual Plan  2014-15

In the current financial year (2013-14), the second year of the Twelfth Five Year Plan, the Ministry has been allocated an outlay of  ₹ 2,430.00 crores which has subsequently  been reduced at RE stage to ₹ 1,850.00 crores.  The Annual Plan outlay of the Ministry  for  2014-15, the third year of this Plan, is  ₹ 2480.00 crore. The sectoral summary of  the two Annual Plans is given in Table-74.
 
Table: Sector-wise Summary of Twelfth Plan Outlays/ Actual Expenditure (as on 31st January 2014) 
(₹ crore)
 

Sector

Environment

NRCD#

Forests & Wildlife

NAEB@

Animal Welfare

Total

Period

XII Plan Approved Outlay

3,802.00

4,273.00

4,818.80

4,780.00

200.20

17,874.00

2012-13

 

 

 

 

 

 

Outlay (BE)

580.42

771.80

606.09

446.49

25.20

2430.00

Actual Expenditure

388.13

421.02

577.81

224.08

25.09

1636.13

2013-14

 

 

 

 

 

 

Outlay (BE)

614. 37

619.80

719.14

451.49

25.20

2430

Outlay (RE)

431.10

530.26

580.31

300.93

7.40

1850

Expenditure as on 31.01.2014

349.59

505.79

553.35

285.62

5.73

1700.08

2014-15

 

 

 

 

 

 

Outlay (BE)

678.01

632.79

713.11

432.89

23.20

2480.00

 
# National River Conservation Directorate (NRCD) and National Plan for Conservation of Aquatic Eco Systems (NPCA).
@ National Afforestation & Eco-Development Board (NAEB), National Afforestation Programme (NAP) and Green India Mission (GIM)
 

Other current important activities during 2013-14

Preparation of the Annual Plan  2014-15 was also done in respect of all Demands/ Appropriations controlled by the Ministry.  This includes regular monitoring of physical and financial progress of the Annual Plan for 2013-14 against the targets set out therein.
Matters relating to State Plans were also taken up.  Issues with regard to Special Component Plans, notably the Scheduled Caste Sub-Plan (SCSP), the Tribal Sub-Plan (TSP) and the North Eastern Region (NER) Plan are also taken up in consultation with the Planning Commission and Ministry of Finance. All other references on environmental planning and issues referred to by Planning Commission to this Ministry were handled in the Plan Coordination Division.
The Division also took up furnishing of the Half-Yearly Progress Report on Point No. 15 [Paryavaran Sanrakshan evam Van Vridhi (Environment Protection and Afforestation)] of Revised 20-Point Programme 2006 to M/o Statistics & Programme Implementation as well as any matters referred to it by the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Time and Cost Overruns of projects. A half yearly Performance Review Meeting on Annual Plan 2013-14 was held in Planning Commission on 31st October 2013 where both physical and financial performances of all the Plan Schemes were reviewed.