Question raised in Rajya Sabha on Status of implementation of drinking water and sanitation schemes, 20/03/2017. The State /UT-wise details of implementation of ongoing schemes under National Rural Drinking Water Programme (NRDWP) in the country is at Annexure-I. The Swachh Bharat Mission (Gramin) (SBM(G)) has been launched on 2nd October, 2014, which aims at attaining Swachh Bharat by 2nd October 2019. The focus of the scheme is on behavior change and usage of toilets. Currently, Swachh Bharat Mission (Gramin) is under implementation in 675 districts.

Question raised in Rajya Sabha on Release of MGNREGA funds to drought hit states, 20/03/2017. The details of drought declared by various states is at Annexure. The Government approved the provision of additional employment of 50 days over and above 100 days per household under MGNREGA in the drought notified areas in FY 2015-16.

Question raised in Rajya Sabha on Offsetting Environmental losses due to illegal mining, 20/03/2017.

Question raised in Rajya Sabha on Management of e-waste , 20/03/2017. The policy framework for environmentally sound management of e-waste is laid down in E-Waste (Management) Rules, 2016 which was notified in March, 2016.

Question raised in Rajya Sabha on Inter-Linking of Rivers, 20/03/2017.

Question raised in Rajya Sabha on Environmental clearances for CIL projects, 20/03/2017. Coal India Limited (CIL) is not facing any difficulty with the MoEF & CC in obtaining clearances for coal projects.

Question raised in Rajya Sabha on Electrification of Villages, 20/03/2017. As reported by States, there were 18,452 un-electrified villages in the country, as on 1st April, 2015. Out of these 12,364 villages have been electrified, as on 28.02.2017. The State-wise names of un-electrified villages including those in Odisha and Uttarakhand is available at State-wise number of un-electrified villages is furnished at Annexure-I.

Question raised in Rajya Sabha on Electrification of Backward and Remote Areas of the Country, 20/03/2017. During the financial year 2014-15, Government of India approved Deendayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana (DDUGJY) with a total investment of Rs. 43033 crore. Under Decentralized Distributed Generation (DDG) component of DDUGJY, access to electricity is provided to un-electrified villages/habitations including backward and remote areas, where grid connectivity is either not feasible or not cost effective by using renewable sources such as biomass, biofuels, biogas, Mini hydro, solar etc.

Question raised in Rajya Sabha on Eco-friendly approach for fulfillment of the Paris Climate Change Agreement, 20/03/2017. India ratified the Paris Agreement to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) on 2nd October 2016.

Question raised in Rajya Sabha on Complaints of illegal mining, 20/03/2017. Section 23C of the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation), 1957 (MMDR Act, 1957), empowers State Governments to frame rules for preventing illegal mining, transportation and storage of minerals for the purposes connected therewith.