COVD-19 is an unprecedented opportunity to change the way we travel, make commuting choices, and create inclusive and healthy spaces for overall well being says this paper published by the Centre

State finances of Madhya Pradesh mirrors the fiscal situation of states in India and emerging challenges that include lack of buoyancy of internal revenue, prolonged slow economic growth and uncertainties regarding central transfers, and impact of recommendations of the 15th Finance Commission.

The macroeconomic uncertainty created by COVID-19 is hard to measure. The situation demands simultaneous policy intervention in terms of public health infrastructure and livelihood. Along with the global community, India too has announced its initial dose of fiscal and monetary policy responses.

Question raised in Lok Sabha on Food Processing Industries, 03/03/2020. State-wise Number of Registered Food Processing Units/Factories along with Number of Units/Factories in Operation in the Country in 2016-17.

Question raised in Rajya Sabha on shortage of doctors in rural areas, 03/03/2020. Public Health being a State Subject, all the administrative and personnel matters, including that of recruitment of specialist doctors in public health facilities lie with the respective State Governments. The shortage of health human resource in public health facilities varies from State to State depending upon their policies and context.

Question raised in Rajya Sabha on external debts of state owned discoms, 03/03/2020. The pre-UDAY debt levels of 16 Ujwal DISCOM Assurance Yojana (UDAY) States which signed the comprehensive Memorandum of Understanding (MoUs) with Govt. of India as on 30-09-2015 was Rs.3.24 Lakh crores. As per information made available by the States/DISCOMs, the outstanding loans at end of FY 2018-19 stand at Rs.351,291 Crore, out of which Rs.63,355 crore is the amount of loan balance to be converted into grants by the states.

Question raised in Lok Sabha on loss due to floods and thunder storms, 03/03/2020. Several States in the country have been affected by natural calamities including thunder storms and floods during 2019-20.

Question raised in Rajya Sabha on packaged foods with abnormal salt and fat contents, 03/03/2020. Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has informed that Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) study has alleged that the quantity of salt and fat in the samples tested were higher than the threshold limits proposed in the draft Food Safety and Standards (Labelling & Display) Regulations. Out of total 33 samples tested in the said study, 19 samples are of ‘prepared food’ where ‘Front- of-Pack’ Labelling is not applicable.

Question raised in Rajya Sabha on ayush medicines for preventing coronavirus infection, 03/03/2020. Homoeopathy, Unani and Ayurveda are advocated for health promotion prevention of diseases. As such, the advisory in terms of Homoeopathy, Unani and Ayurveda is general in nature. People should also follow general measures as per health advisory.

Question raised in Lok Sabha on kharif crop damage due to excessive rain, 03/03/2020. The State Government of Madhya Pradesh has reported crop loss of 60.47 lakh hectares due to excessive rains during 2019-20. The Memorandum in this regard was received by the Union Government on 01.10.2019.