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Revenue

Tamil Nadu was the first State to ban felling of natural trees in reserved forests. Felling of natural trees in the reserved forests has been discontinued since 1979 and since then the major sources of forest revenue have been by sale of sandalwood, supply of raw materials to forest based industries and sale of farm forestry plantations. Dead sandalwood trees alone are extracted for sale. Supplies of raw materials for paper and tannin industries are being made from mature plantations. The farm forestry plantations raised in irrigation tanks are sold by auction to raise revenue for the State and local bodies
The accounts for the year 2013-14 and the comparative position during 2014-15 and Budget Estimate for 2015-16 are detailed below:
(Rs. in lakhs)
S No Source of revenue Accounts   (2013-2014) 2014-2015(Revised Estimate) 2015-2016(Budget Estimate)
a) Sandalwood 12156.95 7000.00 7500.00
b) Timber 1198.88 1350.00 1450.00
c) Supply of raw materials to industries 377.97 400.05 400.05
d) Other Minor Forest Produce 28.74 74.00 77.50
e) Farm Forestry plantations (excluding refund) 2126.97 2200.00 2200.00
f) Sale of Bamboo, Cashew and Softwood plantations 13.28 16.00 16.00
g) Other receipts 4102.89 3161.46 3168.75
  Sub total 20005.68 14201.51 14812.30
  Deduct Recoveries(-) 618.94 586.00 510.00
Grand Total 19386.74 13615.51 14302.30
Expenditure and outlay
The outlay under forests during 2015-16 is Rs.66719.66  lakhs compared to an outlay of Rs.64093.52 lakhs (RE) in 2014-15. The important schemes for which provisions have been made in the budget are listed below:
                                                                                                                                                                                               (Rs. in lakhs)
S No Name of the Scheme(s) Accounts
2013-2014
Revised Estimate 2014-2015 Budget Estimate  2015-2016
1. Non-plan Schemes 23057.41 37949.96 42744.44
2. State Plan Schemes 29869.22 21283.71 19293.42
3. Centrally Sponsored Schemes (100%) 1132.12 3249.01 3070.95
4. Schemes shared between State and Centre 999.74 1610.84 1610.85

Total

55058.49 64093.52 66719.66
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