DEHRADUN, Jan 25
Green bonus has continued to elude Uttarakhand for long. Yet again the state finance minister has asked the centre to provide Uttarakhand two percent of their plan budget as green bonus to the state for its contribution towards the betterment of the environment.
This is not the first time but governments after governments in Uttarakhand has been demanding green bonus for the centre. Uttarakhand has been maintaining a stance that the Uttarakhand forests were providing eco-system services to the state to the tune of Rs 40,000 crore every year and thus need to be compensated as it was providing these services at the cost of development. Former chief minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, who is now Haridwar MP had also taken the issue of granting green bonus in a big way with centre. Similarly, other chief minister too have given strength to this demand.
Shortly after taking over Chief Minister Trivendra Rawat too also held that based on a combined report of Central Statistics Department and Indian Forest Management Institute Uttarakhand was providing eco services worth Rs 40,000 crores annually to the nation and thus must be granted of annual Green Bonus to the tune of at least Rs 4000 crore as compensation.
Thus it is to be seen as to whether the BJP government at centre will give kind consideration to this Green Bonus demand of Uttarakhand in its coming union budget, particularly when there is a BJP government both at state and centre.