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National Mission for Green India (NMGI)
The National Mission for Green India (NMGI) received approval from the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs on 20 February 2014 as a Centrally-sponsored scheme. The project, which has a planned investment of about Rs. 13,000 crore during the 12th Plan Period, aims to add six to eight million hectares of forest cover as well as improve degraded forests over 10 years. The project is one of the eight missions under the National Action Plan on Climate Change. Some studies estimate that the new and restored forests will absorb about 43 million tonnes of green house gases. About Rs. 46,000 crore will be spent on this scheme. It is estimated that about 40% of India’s forests are degraded currently.