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    1.09 crore trees cut in last five years: Environment Ministry

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    ​​ In response to a query in Rajya Sabha, Minister of State for Environment, Forest and Climate Change Babul Supriyo said in the last five years 1,09,75,844 trees were removed and plantation of more than 12,60,00,000 trees has been stipulated under compensatory afforestation.

    The trees are removed only when it is absolutely necessary, said Babul Supriyo, the Minister of State for Environment, Forest and Climate Change.
    NEW DELHI: As many as 1.09 crore trees were cut with government permission in the last five years, the Environment Ministry said on Monday.

    In response to a query in Rajya Sabha, Minister of State for Environment, Forest and Climate Change Babul Supriyo said in the last five years 1,09,75,844 trees were removed and plantation of more than 12,60,00,000 trees has been stipulated under compensatory afforestation.

    "The government policy is to ensure more trees are planted than removed under different developmental proposals approved under the Forest (Conservation) Act, 1980. The trees are removed only when it is absolutely necessary. Because of this policy, India's forest cover is increasing," he said.
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    Shrinivasa Kamath245 days ago
    Nearly 12 times the number of trees cut have been grown, according to the minister. This act should stop or reverse environmental degradation and perhaps global warming as well. Why then India has the highest number of polluted cities in the world?
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