The Compensatory Afforestation Fund Act, 2016.

The Compensatory Afforestation Fund Act, 2016 provides for the establishment of funds under the public accounts of India and the states, for compensatory afforestation and other related activities.

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Summary

The Compensatory Afforestation Fund Act, 2016 was enacted to establish the Compensatory Afforestation Fund Management and Planning Authority (CAMPA) to manage and utilize the amounts realized for compensatory afforestation, additional compensatory afforestation, penal compensatory afforestation, net present value of forest land and other project specific payments. The Act provides for the creation of a National Compensatory Afforestation Fund and State Compensatory Afforestation Funds under the public accounts of India and the States, respectively, to receive funds collected towards compensatory afforestation, additional compensatory afforestation, penal compensatory afforestation, net present value of forest land and other project specific payments. The Act lays down the provisions for the composition, functions and powers of the National CAMPA, State CAMPA and the Joint CAMPA, and the utilization of the funds by these authorities. The Act also provides for the constitution of an expert committee for monitoring and evaluating the activities of the CAMPA. The Act seeks to ensure that the funds collected are used for afforestation and other related activities to compensate for the loss of forest land caused by various development projects.

CHAPTER I
PRELIMINARY

Section 1 : Short title, extent and commencement

Section 2 : Definitions

CHAPTER II
ESTABLISHMENT, MANAGEMENT AND UTILISATION OF NATIONAL COMPENSATORY AFFORESTATION FUND AND STATE COMPENSATORY AFFORESTATION FUNDS

Section 3 : Establishment of National Fund

Section 4 : Establishment of State Fund

Section 5 : Disbursement and utilisation of National Fund

Section 6 : Disbursement and utilisation of State Fund

Section 7 : Accounting procedure

CHAPTER III
CONSTITUTION OF NATIONAL AUTHORITY AND STATE AUTHORITIES

Section 8 : Constitution of National Authority

Section 9 : Executive committee and monitoring group of National Authority

Section 10 : Constitution of State Authority

Section 11 : Steering committee and executive committee of State Authority

Section 12 : Term of office and conditions of service of members

Section 13 : Disqualifications

CHAPTER IV
POWERS AND FUNCTIONS OF NATIONAL AUTHORITY AND STATE AUTHORITIES

Section 14 : Powers and functions of National Authority

Section 15 : Powers and functions of executive committee of National Authority

Section 16 : Functions of monitoring group

Section 17 : Powers and functions of State Authority

Section 18 : Powers and functions of steering committee of State Authority

Section 19 : Functions and powers of executive committee of State Authority

CHAPTER V
FINANCE, ACCOUNTS, AUDIT AND ANNUAL REPORT

Section 20 : Budget of National Authority

Section 21 : Investment of funds by National Authority

Section 22 : Accounts and audit of National Authority

Section 23 : Annual report of National Authority

Section 24 : Annual report and audit report of National Authority to be laid before Parliament

Section 25 : Budget of State Authority

Section 26 : Investment of funds by State Authority

Section 27 : Accounts and audit of State Authority

Section 28 : Annual report of State Authority

Section 29 : Annual report and audit report of State Authority to be laid before State Legislature

CHAPTER VI
MISCELLANEOUS

Section 30 : Power to make rules

Section 31 : Transfer of assets, liabilities, etc

Section 32 : Validation

Section 33 : Power of Central Government to issue directions

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