Question raised in Lok Sabha on Conservation of Biodiversity, 22/12/2017. Conservation and development of biodiversity in the country, including Himalayan region is undertaken inter alia through establishment of National Parks and Wildlife Sanctuaries, notified Reserved Forest areas, designation of Biosphere Reserves, identification of ecologically fragile areas such as wetlands, biodiversity heritage sites and notification of eco-sensitive zones. So far, 37 National Parks, 122 Wildlife Sanctuaries, 7 Biosphere Reserves have been designated by Government of India in the Himalayan region.

Question raised in Lok Sabha on Compensation to Displaced Families, 22/12/2017. Funding assistance for voluntary village relocation from notified core/critical tiger habitat of a tiger reserve and other Protected Areas on receipt of requests from the state Governments is provided under Centrally Sponsored Scheme of ‘Project Tiger’ and ‘Integrated Development of Wildlife Habitats’. Details of compensation paid for the voluntary village relocation under these Centrally Sponsored Schemes during last three years and current year is at Annexure-I.

Question raised in Lok Sabha on Carbon Sink, 22/12/2017. India submitted its Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) under Paris Agreement to United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

Question raised in Lok Sabha on Air Pollution due to Crop Residue Burning, 22/12/2017. Burning of crop residue in various states can lead to higher level of pollution specially during adverse meteorological conditions in early winter in North India.

Question raised in Lok Sabha on Adulteration in Food Items, 22/12/2017. Cases of adulteration, including use of harmful chemicals in food items, do come to the notice of Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) from time to time. The Food Safety Officers in the States/UTs take food samples on regular basis and send them for analysis in the food laboratories to check the compliance of the provisions of Food Safety

Question raised in Lok Sabha on ODF Villages, 21/12/2017. As on 19.12.2017, 2,93,753 villages have been declared Open Defecation Free (ODF) and out of which 1, 81,771 villages have been verified for ODF.

Question raised in Lok Sabha on Inter-Linking of Rivers, 21/12/2017.

Question raised in Lok Sabha on Generation of Solar and Wind Power, 21/12/2017. State-wise details of solar and wind power generation during each of the last three years and the current year are given in the Annexure.

Question raised in Lok Sabha on Generation of Electricity from Municipal Solid Wastes, 21/12/2017. At present, six waste-to-energy plants using Municipal Solid Waste (MSW), with a cumulative installed capacity of 65.75 MW are in operation in the country. The State-wise details of MSW based power projects, set up as on 30.11.2017, are given in Annexure-I.

Question raised in Lok Sabha on Fluoride in Drinking Water, 21/12/2017. State / UT-wise number of fluoride affected habitations with population, as reported by the States into Integrated Management Information System
(IMIS) of the Ministry as on 15th December, 2017 is at Annexure.