Question raised in Lok Sabha on Decrease in Water Bodies, 20/07/2017. As per the 4th Minor Irrigation Census conducted by the Ministry, there are 5,23,816 water bodies in the rural areas being used for minor irrigation. Of these 4,43,688 water bodies were in use and 80,128 were not in use. Reasons given by states for water bodies not being in use are; encroachments, urbanisation, polluted water, non availability of water due to less and erratic rainfall, siltation etc. State wise details are at Annexure.

Question raised in Lok Sabha on Contamination of Ground Water, 20/07/2017. Ground water quality data generated by Central Ground Water Board (CGWB) during various scientific studies and ground water quality monitoring indicates that contamination of ground water in isolated pockets in parts of various States. Contamination is both geo-genic and anthropogenic in nature including due to use of pesticides and fertilizers.

Question raised in Lok Sabha on River Pollution, 18/07/2017. The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) in association with the State Pollution Control Boards monitors the river water quality across the country through a network of 1275 monitoring stations on various rivers under the National Water Quality Monitoring Programme. As per the report published by CPCB in February 2015, 302 polluted river stretches have been identified on 275 rivers based on Bio-chemical Oxygen Demand (BOD) levels, a key indicator of organic pollution.

Question raised in Lok Sabha on Crop Insurance Scheme, 18/07/2017. PMFBY envisages coverage of all food crops (cereals, millets and pulses), oilseeds and annual commercial/horticultural crops. Besides above perennial commercial/horticultural crops can be covered under RWBCIS and CPIS is being implemented for coconut growers. However, as per provisons of the schemes State/UT Governments notify the crops in their respective areas. Statewise details of crops notified under PMFBY and RWBCIS during 2016-17 are at Annexure-I.

Question raised in Lok Sabha on Assistance for Drought, 18/07/2017. The Governments of Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu declared drought and submitted Memorandum to the Central government for financial assistance during the period 2014-15, 2015-16 and 2016-17. Details of districts declared drought affected by the state governments of Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu during the last three years are indicated in

Question raised in Lok Sabha on Unemployment, 17/07/2017. As per the result of surveys on employment and unemployment conducted by Labour Bureau, Ministry of Labour and Employment, the estimated unemployment rate for persons aged 15 years and above on usual status basis was 4% during 2012-13 and 3.7% during 2015-16 in the country including Chhattisgarh. The state-wise details are at Annexure-I.

Question raised in Lok Sabha on Tribal Population, 17/07/2017. As per Census 2011, total Scheduled Tribe (ST) population in the country is 10.45 crore. Details of ST population, tribe-wise and State / UT wise,including Uttar Pradesh,and percentage of ST population to the total population in each State / UT are given at Annexure.

The Lok Sabha passed the Motor Vehicle Amendment Bill 2016 that provides for the imposition of hefty penalties on auto companies found manufacturing faulty vehicles. The bill also seeks statuary guidelines for cab aggregators and a 10% annual increase in penalties for traffic rule violations.

Question raised in Lok Sabha on Water-Borne Diseases, 06/04/2017.

Question raised in Lok Sabha on Water Management Index, 06/04/2017. NITI Aayog has developed a Composite Water Management Index as a useful tool to assess and further improve the performance in efficient management of water resources.