Addressing the first meeting of the Governing Council of NITI Aayog, Chief Minister Raghubar Das said that finding non- forest land in a state, where around 30 per cent of the land is under forest area, was getting difficult.
"While drawing the attention of the Prime Minister towards the hurdles coming in the way of various schemes, I would like to say that the biggest hurdle is getting a no-objection certificate for the use of forest land.
"Finding out non-forest land to carry out compensatory afforestation in a state like Jharkhand where 30 per cent
comes under forest area is becoming difficult. There is a need
to delegate the process of environmental clearances to the
states," Das said.
He said that earlier there was no environment clearance required for projects upto Rs 50 crore which was increased to Rs 100 crore later. "However, in 2004 the Centre abolished this limit as a result of which we are facing a lot of problems in such issues."
He thanked the Prime Minister for bringing the land acquisition ordinance as amendment result of which the path to provide land for various development schemes has become easy and the process has become quicker.
Das said that out of the total annual plan size of a state government, one third is provided by the Centre but that fund
is attached with certain schemes and there are various conditions attached with its implantation.
"These conditions are same throughout of the country although the geographical, social and economic status is not equal. So many states do not get benefited by these schemes," he said.
He said that the state governments are also required to contribute matching grants for various central schemes which keep growing every year and as a result there is continuous pressure on the state exchequer which is why the state government cannot freely implement its own schemes.
The Chief Minister hoped that the NITI Aayog will take the states' point of view as the schemes are to be implemented by them.

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