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Plants are essential sources of food, medicine, shelter, fuel, feed, and forage, and provide a wide range of additional ecosystem and cultural services to humanity. In recognition of the tremendous value of useful plants and of the increasing threats to their persistence, international agreements including the Convention on Biological

Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Ajay Kumar Singh Vs Union of India & Others dated 14/01/2019 regarding notification of standards of lead to be used in PVC pipes and to phase out lead as stabilizer in PVC pipes. NGT directs Ministry of Environment & Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC)

Order of the Supreme Court of India in the matter of Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation Centre & Others Vs Union of India & Others dated 11/01/2019 regarding state of captive elephants in India.The Court directs all the Chief Wildlife Wardens of the States to ascertain the age of all the captive elephants.

The National Clean Air Programme launched by the centre proposes a “tentative national target” of 20%-30% reduction in PM2.5 and PM10 concentrations by 2024, with 2017 as the base year for comparison. It will be rolled out in 102 cities that are considered to have air quality worse than the National Ambient Air Quality Standards.

Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Sandeep Mittal Vs Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change & Others dated 10/01/2019. Vide order dated 30.10.2018, the Tribunal had directed the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) to evolve an appropriate institutional mechanism to periodically monitor compliance of Environment Clearance conditions with a view to achieve the real purpose of conducting environment impact assessment and imposing requisite conditions to neutralize any adverse impact on the environment.

The National Institution for Transforming India (NITI) Aayog, Government of India, has taken an initiative to provide a Model Concession Agreement for introducing Electric Buses in cities for Public Transportation on OPEX (per km basis) in Public-Private Partnership (PPP) mode.

Question raised in Lok Sabha on Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana, 08/01/2019. The sector-wise projects approved by the States under the scheme as per the data entered by them in RDMIS during the last four years and State/Union Territorywise allocation, release and utilization during the period are given respectively at annexure- I & II. The State -wise production of rice, wheat, pulses as well as allocation, release and utilization of funds under NFSM during the last three years is given respectively at annexure-III & IV.

Question raised in Lok Sabha on Minimum Support Price, 08/01/2019. Government generally increases the Minimum Support Prices (MSPs) of all notified crops on the basis of recommendations of the Commission for Agricultural Costs and Prices(CACP) which provide adequate return over cost of production. Government has substantially increased MSPs for all mandated crops for the season 2018-19. This decision of the Government was a historic one as it fulfills the commitment to the farmers to provide 50 per cent return over cost of production for the first time for all mandated crops.

Question raised in Lok Sabha on Impact of climate change on Indian agriculture and food security, 08/01/2019. The State wise details of assistance given for crop loss from 2014 to 2017 as per guidelines of Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY) is placed at Annexure-I

A CAG report has expressed concern over uncleared cargo containing live bombs and war material scrap lying at various inland container depots (ICDs) of the customs department for several years.

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