The Compensatory Afforestation Fund (CAF) Act 2016 (3rd August 2016) provides for the establishment of funds under the public accounts of India and the public accounts of each State and crediting thereto the monies received from the user agencies towards compensatory afforestation, additional compensatory afforestation, penal compensatory afforestation, net present value and all other amounts recovered from such agencies under the Forest (Conservation) Act, 1980; constitution of an authority at national level and at each of the State and Union territory Administration for administration of the funds and to utilise the monies so collected for undertaking artificial regeneration (plantations), assisted natural regeneration, protection of forests, forest related infrastructure development, Green India Programme, wildlife protection and other related activities and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto;
In exercise of the power conferred by sub-section (1) and (2) of section 30 of the Compensatory Afforestation Fund Act, 2016 (38 of 2016), read with section 22 of the General Clauses Act,1897, the Central Government in consultation with the State Government notified the Compensatory Afforestation Fund Rules, 2018 (10th August 2018) for the management and utilization of funds;
In exercise of the power conferred by sub-section (1) of section 8 & section 10 of the Compensatory Afforestation Fund Act, 2016 (38 of 2016), Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change, Govt. of India has notified 30th day of September, 2018 as the date of constitution of National Compensatory Afforestation Fund Management and Planning Authority vide notification No. S.O. 4855 (E), dated 14.09.2018 and State Compensatory Afforestation Fund Management and Planning Authority vide notification No. S.O. 4856 (E), dated 14.09.2018 respectively;
In pursuance of the Compensatory Afforestation Fund Act, 2016 (Central Act No.38 of 2016), the Compensatory Afforestation Fund Rule 2018, Dated 10.08.2018 and Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India Notifications S.O. 3967 (E), Dated 13.08.2018 and 4856 (E), Dated 14.09.2018, the Government of Telangana vide G.O. Ms. No 6, EFS&T Dept. Dt. 15/02/2019, established the State Authority to be known as “the Telangana Compensatory Afforestation Fund Management and Planning Authority” (herein after referred to as Telangana CAMPA), which shall be responsible for the management of the State Compensatory Afforestation Fund Management and Planning Authority (CAMPA) Fund and its utilization for the purpose of the Compensatory Afforestation Fund (CAF) Act, 2016.