The Essential Commodities Act, 1955 was last amended in December, 2009 by the Essential Commodities (Amendment and Validation) Act, 2009 to remove the ambiguity as regards the factors that should be taken into consideration by the Central Government for the determination of the price of levy sugar and to validate actions taken under the principal Act.

Discussion in Lok Sabha on illegal mining in various states.

Discussion in Lok Sabha on theBill further to amend the Jharkhand Panchayat Raj Act, 2001.

Uncorrected text of the discussion on Bhopal Gas Tragedy in Lok Sabha on Aug 11, 2010 centered on who was responsible for plight of the tragedy victims and who helped former chairman of Union Carbide, Warren Anderson, to escape to the US

The Suo Moto Statement made by Shri Jairam Ramesh, Minister of State of Environment and Forests (Independent Charge) in Lok Sabha on environmental implications of the recent oil spill off Mumbai coast.

The Central Pollution Control Board and the State Pollution
Control Boards are monitoring the ambient air quality across the country under
the National Ambient Air Quality Monitoring Programme.

This bill introduced in Lok Sabha is aimed at setting up an institutional system for regular monitoring of safety of large dams.  It is to provide for proper surveillance, inspection, operation and maintenance of all dams of  certain parameters in India to ensure their safe functioning and for matters connected
therewith or incidental thereto.

Details of projects on Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) approved for mission cities is annexed. These projects broadly envisage
replication of metro rail facilities on the bus system.

According to the 58th Round of National Sample Survey, 73.6%
of urban households have access to tap water, 19.6% households have access to
tubewell and hand pump and 5.1% have access to pump. However, there are 11 Nos.
of towns/cities across the country which have no piped water supply
(ANNEXURE-I). There is no town in Tamil
Nadu, where the households do not have access to tap water.

The pollution load on rivers has increased over the years due to rapid urbanisation and industrialization. Domestic sewage is the major source of pollution of rivers besides industrial and other non-point sources of pollution. Abstraction of water for irrigation, drinking, industrial use, power etc. compounds the challenge.

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