This Union budget was the first paperless budget of India. Other than reducing use of paper, the budget does little for the environment. The MoEFCC has been given Rs 2,869.93 crore this year, which is 7.4% less than Rs 3,100 crore it got last year. This has direct impact on many crucial departments dealing with the conservation and protection of the forest, wildlife, and biodiversity.
A detailed analysis by Tanvi Sharma, associate research analyst with Legal Initiative for Forest & Environment (LIFE), Delhi, shows money for wildlife and forests has decreased. The budget for National Mission for Green India aiming to increase forest cover, as an essential part of Paris Climate Agreement, has been reduced by 6.7%. Its sub-category Green India Mission— National Afforestation Programme with its EAP (externally aided projects) component together has been allocated Rs 250 crore, or Rs 11 crore less than last year.
This article was published by Times of India on Februari 16, 2021.