Question raised in Lok Sabha on Increase in Minimum Support Price, 19/12/2017. For Rabi crops 2017-18, the Government has increased the MSP of wheat to Rs. 1735 per quintal in 2017-18 as compared to Rs. 1625 per quintal in 2016-17. For Barley, MSP has been increased to Rs. 1410 per quintal for 2017-18 from Rs. 1325 per quintal in 2016-17. For Gram the MSP has been increased to Rs. 4400 (including a bonus of Rs. 150 per quintal) for 2017-18 from Rs. 4000 per quintal in 2016-17. For Masur, MSP has been increased to Rs. 4250 per quintal (including a bonus of Rs.

Question raised in Lok Sabha on Drought Assistance, 19/12/2017. During 2017-18, the Government of Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan have so far declared drought, as indicated in this document. During 2017-18, the Government of Rajasthan has so far declared drought in 4151 villages in 41 tehsil in 13 districts of the State. Statement, indicating State-wise position, is annexed.

Question raised in Lok Sabha on Compensation Under Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana, 19/12/2017. Crop season-wise, State-wise and insurance company-wise details of premium amount collected alongwith share of Government both Central and State and share of farmers; total claims and number of farmers to whom the claims are paid during 2016-17 under Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY) are annexed. Details for 2017-18 are not available as the harvesting for the Kharif crops is still in progress.

Question raised in Lok Sabha on Compensation Under Crop Insurance Schemes, 19/12/2017. The details of total claims paid on the basis of individual farm level assessment of crop losses due to localized calamities including hailstorm during 2016-17 are included in this document.

The Parliament has cleared this bill to exclude bamboo from the definition of tree under the Indian Forest Act, stating it would improve earnings of tribals and dwellers living around forests.

Question raised in Lok Sabha on Tiger Reserves, 15/12/2017. As per the assessment of the Status of Tigers, Co-predators and Prey, 2014 using the refined methodology, the tiger number has shown 30% increase countrywide with an estimated number of 2226 (range 1945-2491) as compared to 2010 estimation of 1706 (range 1520-1909 tigers). The country level tiger estimation using the refined methodology is done once in four years. The details of tiger estimation pertaining to tiger landscapes in the country for the years 2010 and 2014 are at Annexure-I.

Question raised in Lok Sabha on Status of Malnutrition, 15/12/2017. The status of malnutrition in the country amongst children and adolescent girls is covered under the National Family Health Survey (NFHS) conducted periodically by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare. The details are given in this document:

Question raised in Lok Sabha on States Affected by Air Pollution, 15/12/2017. The Government has notified National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) which lays the norms for air pollutants in the Country. The NAAQS have been developed taking into account global standards. Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) monitors the ambient air quality at 691 monitoring stations located in 303 cities/towns covering 29 states

Question raised in Relocation of People from Protected Areas, 15/12/2017. The scheme for rehabilitation of people from Protected Ares is going on successfully in the country. Details of villages relocated outside the Wildlife Sanctuaries/Tiger Reserves so far are given in the Annexure.

Question raised in Cases of Milk Adulteration, 15/12/2017. As per information received from the States/UTs by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) regarding cases of milk adulteration registered in the Country and action taken against the defaulters during last three years i.e. 2014-15, 2015-16, 2016-17 are at Annexure-I, Annexure-II and Annexure-III respectively.