GOVERNMENT OF MANIPUR
SECRETARIAT: FOREST & ENVIRONMENT DEPARTMENT
Imphal, the 26th October, 2002
N0. 57/6/2001-For & Envt. In pursuance of guidance issued by Government of India vide D.O. letter No.25.1.1/99-B-II dated dated 31st May 2002 regarding implementation of "National Afforestation Plan (NAP)" during the Tenth Five Year Plan, the Governor of Manipur is pleased to constitute Forest Development Agencies (FDAs) in each of the 9(nine) territorial forest divisions of Manipur, namely Central Forest Division, Imphal; Bishnupur Forest Division, Bishnupur; Thoubal Forest Division, Thoubal; Tengnoupal Forest Division, Chandel; Eastern Forest Division, Ukhrul; Northern Forest Division, Kangpokpi; Southern Forest Division, Churachandpur; Western Forest Division, Tamenglong and Jiribam Forest Division, Jiribam. The respective FDAs will be registered as Federation of all Joint Forest Management Committees (JFMCs), within territorial jurisdiction of the forest division concerned, under the Societies Resgistration Act,1860. The FDAs will take up forestry and allied rural development activities through JMCs for villages located in and around forest areas including village common lands, community lands, revenue wastelands and Jhumlands. As per Government of India guidelines the FDAs will have the following structure.
2. General body of the FDA :
Chairperson : Conservator of Forests (Territorial).
Presidents of JFMC General Bodies, not more tan 20 at a time, to be nominated by the Chairperson of rotational basis for a period of two years, of which 7 should be women. If adequate number of women chairpersons is not available, the women representatives will be drawn from members of General Bodies of JFMCs.
One non-official representative to be nominated by the apex Panchayati Raj Institution.
Assistant Conservator of Forests. All Range Forest Officers.
The General Body will meet at least once in a year.
Executive body of the FDA
Chairperson: Conservator of Forest (Territorial)
Member Secretary cum Chief Executive Officer: Divisional Forest Officer (Territorial)
Ex-official (without voting rights )
District level officers of Agriculture, Rural development, Animal Husbandry, Soil Conservation, Tribal Welfare, Sericulture, Industries, Public Health Engineering and Education Departments.
ADM/ADC to be nominated by the DC.
One non-official representative to be nominated by the apex Panchayati Raj Institution.
Eight nominees from the JFMCs to include minimum of three women.
The Executive Body of FDA shall meet at least once in three months.
Note: 1. A person who has served on the General Body would be eligible for renomination after two years of the expiry of his previous tenure.
2. A member who does not attend three consecutive meetings of the Executive body shall be disqualified from the Executive body.
Activities of FDAs :
i. Implementation of centrally sponsored schemes
ii. Other beneficiaries oriented activities like agro forestry, jhumland rehabilitation, avenue plantations.
iii. Value addition and marketing of forest produce.
iv. Inventorisation of land and natural resources.
v. Environmental education
vi. Awareness and active association in protection of forest and other natural resources.
vii. Establishment and management of decentralized nurseries with marketing arrangements.
viii. Assist in management of Common Property Resources.
ix. Address socio-economic needs of people.
x. Management of captive water resources.
xi. Active involvement in fire fighting operations.
xii. Monitoring of activities of local NGOs
Functions of FDAs :
i. Approve plans for all afforestation related activities I forest fringe village including the micro plans.
ii. Provide support and assistance to JFMCs for micro planning
iii. Organise training and awareness programmes.
iv. Implementation of water harvesting and soil conversation measure with appropriate approvals.
v. Inter se prioritization for scheme and activity-wise financial outlays .
vi. Decide entry point activities.
vii. Formulate guidelines for employment generation opportunities.
viii. Evolve rules for rule of finds created.
ix. Improvise technological improvement.
x. Develop guidelines for employment generation opportunities.
xi. Establish and maintain decentralized nurseries.
xii. Coordinate and monitor activities of their constituent JFMCs.
xiii. Conceptualize innovative schemes, viz. establishment of sacred groves, botanical gardens.
xiv. Deal with contingencies such as drought, flood and forest fires.
xv. Coordinate with DRDAs and other relevant government agencies to dovetail their schemes with programmes with afforestation schemes so that watersheds can be developed in holistic manner.
State Level Coordination committee (SLCC) :
The activities of the FDAs shall be guided and coordinated by the Stat Level Coordination Committee (SLCC). The composition of the SLCC shall be as follows.
Chairperson : Chief Secretary, Manipur.
Members (Official) :
i. Secretary (Forest)
ii. Secretaries in charge of Environment, Rural development, Revenue, Tribal Welfare, Sericulture, Irrigation, Panchayat, Public Health Engineering & Education Departments.
iii. Principal Chief Conservator of Forests
iv. Chairpersons of three FDAs
Members (Non-official) : Three non-official representatives from three FDAs (one each) by rotation for a period of two years to be nominated by Member Secretary SLCC.
Member-Secretary : Chief Conservator of Forest (Territorial & Protection)
The SLCC will meet at least once in a year.
In the participatory mode the afforestation and other schemes would be implemented by involving two tier set up namely Forest Development Agencies (FDAs) at Division level and Joint Forest Management Committee (JFMCs) at village level. Under National Afforestation Plan, all activities will be conceptualized at village level. The village will be reckoned as unit of planning and implementation. The two tier approach apart from building capabilities at grass root level would also empower local people in the decision-making process.
a) FDA will be constituted at the territorial forest division level and shall have composition as given above. Each FDA shall be registered under the Societies Registration Act. The activities and the FDA are also given above.
b) At the grass root level the JFMCs will be the implementing agency. In the proposed structure one JFMC will cater to a village .The composition and the functions of the JFMCs are given above. The JFMCs will be registered with the respective territorial Conservator of Forests.
FDAs will sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with all JFMCs indicating the mutual obligations, rights and role. The MOU should , inter alia, include the right of FDAs to stop and withdraw funding from a JFMC, if the performance of the JFMC is found to be unsatisfactory along with the procedure to be adopted in such cases.
The projects under FDA will follow watershed catchment development approach as far as possible. However, if the local situation demands, the clusters of compact blocks may also be taken up for treatment. Normally blocks under 20 hectares will not be taken up. The project area should be confined to recorded forests and adjoining areas including village common lands, community lands, revenue waste lands and jhum lands. Appropriate agro forestry models may be prompted on jhum lands. These efforts may be supplemented by way of assistance from other sources such as DRDA, MPLAD etc. However separate accounts may be maintained for such activities.
In the initial phase of project, the FDAs will strengthen the existing JFMCs and create new ones. The usufruct from the project areas will be shared according to JFM resolution adopted by the State Government. A broad training package will be adopted for JFM committees and forest personnels. FDAs will promote use of improved technology in afforestation activities.
The FDAs, in consultation with JFMCs will prepare projects under NAP or other schemes as per guidelines issued by National Afforestation and Eco-development Board (NAEB)/other donor agencies. The complete project proposal will be forwarded by the FDAs to the Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (PCCF), through proper channel. The PCCF after scrutinizing the proposal will shall forward it to NAEB/concerned donor agency for funding under intimation to the Government of Manipur.
The project proposals shall be based on Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA) and micro planning with active association of JFM committees. The JFMCs will be allowed major say in preparation of micro plans, selection of species, selection of beneficiaries and identification of entry point activities and awareness programmes.
The funds received by the FDA from NAEB/ donor agencies shall be deposited in their exclusive and separate current account in a Nationalized Bank, which would be operated jointly by its Chairperson and the Member Secretary. The FDA shall release the amount earmarked for all JFMCs by the cheque /demand draft within 15 days of receipt of funds from NAEB based on the fund requirement, progress of work and utilization of earlier resources. The respective JFMCs shall deposit the funds received from FDA in their exclusive and separate account in a Nationalised Bank/Co-operative Bank or Post Office .The Account of the JFMC would be jointly operated by the Member Secretary of JFMC and the Treasurer concerned. The interest accrued in the deposit of these funds shall be treated as additional resources of FDAs, which may be adjusted towards release of further installments of funds by NAEB.
The FDAs and JFMCs will maintain proper accounts and registers as prescribed under General Financial Rules (GFR). Each JFMC will submit a monthly statement of accounts, progress of works carried out by them to the respective FDA. The FDAs shall submit monthly quarterly statement of accounts and progress reports to the Forest Department/Accountant General/donor agencies.
The accounts of the FDAs, JFMCs may be audited by the Accountant General, Manipur Comptroller and Auditor General or his nominee or by the certified Chartered Accountants deputed by the donor agency.
The field activities carried out by the FDAs, JFMCs may be monitored/evaluated periodically by the Forest Department and/or consultants appointed by the donor agencies. The NAEB has reserved the right to terminate the grant/project at any stage, if it is convinced that grant has not been properly utilized or appropriate progress has not been made. In case the FDA fails to execute the project within stipulated time, including such extensions as may be granted by the NAEB, the NAEB may, in its discretion require the FDA to return the grant in whole or such part along with interest thereon as NAEB may specify.
FDA/JFMC will maintain a record of all assets created under the projects as per GFR 151.
No contractor/middlemen/intermediate agencies will be permitted to be engaged for execution of any work under the National Afforestation Programme Scheme so that the full benefit of wages to be paid reach the workers.
Except of the supervising impossibilities, the Chairperson and the Member Secretary of the FDA shall be solely responsible and accountable for successful implementation of the project.
This notification issues with the concurrence of the Planning Department and Finance Department of the Government of Manipur.
By orders and in the name of the Governor,
( Saichhuana )
Additional Chief Secretary( Forest & Environment)
Government of Manipur.
GOVERNMENT OF MANIPUR
SECRETARIAT: FORESTS AND ENVIRONMENT DEPARTMENT
A D D E N D U M
Imphal, the 26th November, 2004.
NO.57/6/2001-For & Envt.(Pt.I)
Please add the words "Eco Development Committees" (in short EDCs) after the words "Joint Forest Management Committees" (in short JFMCs) occurring in this government notification No.55/4/95 For & Envt, dated 08/06/2000 in order to enable the Forests Development Agency (FDA)/Wild life Divisions to implement National Afforestation Programmes (NAP) in fringe areas of National Parks and Wild-life sanctuaries in terms of provision of Joint Forest Management.