The Standing Committee on Agriculture (2018-2019) present this Sixty Second Report (Sixteenth Lok Sabha) on the subject "Agriculture Marketing and Role of Weekly Gramin Haats" pertaining to the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare (Department of Agriculture, Cooperation and Farmers Welfare).

The Aadhaar and Other Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2018 was introduced in Lok Sabha on January 2, 2019. The Bill amends the Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery of Financial and Other Subsidies, Benefits and Services) Act, 2016, the Indian Telegraph Act, 1885, and the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002.

Question raised in Lok Sabha on Solid Waste, 28/12/2018. As per the information available with the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) 52.9 Million Ton per Annum (MTPA) of solid waste is generated in the country, out of which, 46% is processed. The State/UT-wise details are enclosed in the Annexure.

Question raised in Lok Sabha on Forest Fire, 28/12/2018. The Ministry supports the efforts of State/Union Territory Governments in prevention and control of forest fire by providing financial assistance under the Centrally Sponsored Forest Fire Prevention and Management (FPM) Scheme.

Question raised in Lok Sabha on Compensatory Afforestation Fund Act, 28/12/2018. The fund released by Adhoc CAMPA to various state CAMPA for undertaking Compensatory Afforestation and allied activities and permissible under the CAMPA guidelines 2009 in the last 3 years is given in Annexure-I.

Question raised in Lok Sabha on Communicable Diseases, 28/12/2018. The detailed status of the major communicable diseases prevalent in the country like Malaria, Dengue, Chikungunya, Japanese Encephalitis, Leprosy, Tuberculosis HIV/AIDS including of deaths reported is given at Annexure-1 (A) to (C). No death directly attributable to Chikungunya is reported from any State/Union Territory (UT). As Leprosy is non-fatal disease, no death has been reported by any State/UT.

The Companies (Amendment) Bill, 2018 was introduced in Lok Sabha on December 20, 2018. It replaces an Ordinance promulgated on November 2, 2018. The Bill amends several provisions in the Companies Act, 2013 relating to penalties, among others.

Question raised in Lok Sabha on MSP of Crops, 18/12/2018. Details of number of farmers benefited from procurement of kharif crops at minimum support price (MSP) from 2015-16 to 2018-19 is given in this document.

Question raised in Lok Sabha on Loss Due to Natural Disasters, 18/12/2018. Various parts of in the country have been affected by natural calamities including earthquake, cyclone and floods in the recent decades. The damage and losses due to natural disasters are primarily assessed by the concerned State Government, as they are responsible for management of natural calamities. Data regarding losses including financial losses in recent decades is not maintained by this Ministry prior to 2013. The details available with the Ministry for the last six year are at Annexure-I.

Question raised in Lok Sabha on Drought Prone Areas, 18/12/2018. During 2018-19 the State Governments of Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Jharkhand, Gujarat and Rajasthan have submitted Memorandums in the wake of drought during Kharif. Inter-Ministerial Central Teams (IMCTs) have been consisted to visit all these drought affected States to assess the damage and recommend the financial assistance from National Disaster Response Fund (NDRF). Details are as under this document.

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