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Scheme for Development of Non-Forest Wastelands

Department of Land Resources, Govt of India has a investment promotional scheme for development of non-forest wastelands.


  • To facilitate/attract/channelise/mobilise resources from financial institutions, banks, corporate bodies including user industries and other entrepreneurs for development of wastelands in non-forest areas belonging to Central and State Governments, panchayats, village communities, private farmers, etc.
  • To promote group of farmers belonging to different categories, namely  large, small, marginal & SCs/STs for bringing wastelands under productive use.
  • To facilitate production and flow of additional biomass including farm-forestry products used as raw material inputs for different types of industries.
  • To facilitate employment generation through land development and other allied land based and related activities including Plantations.


Projects promoted by Central and State Governments undertakings, Co-operative Institutions, Public Trusts and Societies registered under the Societies Registration Act, Corporate Bodies registered under the Companies Act, Individual entrepreneurs and Individual/group of farmers would be eligible for the promotional grant/promotional subsidy under the Scheme.


  • There will be no limit on the total project cost, but subsidy from Government of India/Dept. of Wastelands Development (DOWD) will be on on-farm development activities only.
  • The quantum of subsidy will be as below:
(i) General Category


25% of on-farm development activities or Rs.25 lakhs, whichever is less.
(ii) Small farmers


30% of on-farm development activities or Rs.25 lakhs, whichever is less.
(iii) (a) Marginal Farmers –

(Individual / Group)

50% of on-farm development activities or Rs.25 lakhs whichever is less.
  (b) SC/ST Farmers without any limit in the area of holdings (Individual/Group). Same as (iii)(a) above.

How to Apply:

Proposals for assistance under the Scheme would be received by DOWD in the prescribed format. Such proposals should be supported with a letter of intent and letter of sanction of the project indicating the firmed up cost of the project and the means of financing by the financial institutions/ banks concerned.

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