Source: The Hindu Business Line, New Delhi, Date: September , 2009
The Centre has agreed to include Himachal Pradesh in the “national river conservation programme”. This was stated by Chief Minister PK Dhumal after meeting Union Minister of Environment and Forests Jai Ram Ramesh in New Delhi on Sep 5, 2009. He said the state government would soon submit a proposal about the Yamuna under the programme. The Centre had agreed to provide technical support to the state for combating the monkey menace. The Union Ministry would arrange consultants for the state government for preparing the detailed project reports of the forestry-related schemes to be posed for funding to the international agencies. It had agreed to pose the project on “programmatic climate change and environmental development policy” to the World Bank. The government would undertake a study on environment load of all projects sanctioned in the state and formulate the state action plan for climate change.