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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.

Question raised in Rajya Sabha on Clearance of forest land under the Forest Conservation Act, 1980, 20/03/2017. During the year 2014-15 and 2015-16, 17217.75 Ha and 13946.05 Ha of forest land respectively, has been diverted for non forest purposes under the provisions of the Forest (Conservation) Act.

Question raised in Rajya Sabha on Availability of clean drinking water in rural and urban areas, 20/03/2017. Under AMRUT, the Centre approves the State Annual Action plans (SAAPs) submitted by the States. The State Governments concerned are empowered to prepare, appraise and approve the Detailed Projects Reports (DPRS) for individual projects and thereafter implement the projects. Details of proposals approved under Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) under SAAP for 2015-16, 2016-17 and 3rd and final SAAP for water supply projects are at annexure.

Patients are being forced to buy high-priced drugs and medical devices from hospital pharmacies. With hospitals increasingly operating as for-profi t businesses, these pharmacies are an important revenue source for hospitals. In essence, the in-house pharmacy is a spatial monopoly within the premises of the hospital with the patients obliged to buy from it at prices dictated by the management.

The National Health Policy, 2017 approved by Union Cabinet focus on preventive and promotive health care and universal access to good quality health care services. The policy seeks to reach everyone in a comprehensive integrated way to move towards wellness.

Wind and solar PV have become among the cheapest options for meeting power demand in a growing number of countries globally. As these variable renewable energy (VRE) technologies differ from conventional generation technologies, power systems will need to adapt in line with their ongoing build-out.

Question raised in Lok Sabha on Contamination of Drinking Water, 16/03/2017.

Question raised in Lok Sabha on Rural Electrification through Renewable Energy Resources, 16/03/2017. Central Financial Assistance released under various MNRE Ministry of New & Renewable Energy programmes to Kerala during the last three years and current year is given in Annexure I.

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