Schemes for Projects in Naxal Zones Extended

  • The Environment Ministry has extended to December 2018 a scheme granting default Forest Department approval for public utility projects in Naxal-affected regions.
  • Such a scheme has been in place since 2011 in 117 districts, including those in Jharkhand, Maharashtra and Telangana.
  • The directive is an extension of this programme that lapsed in December 2015.