Question raised in Lok Sabha on Growth Rate in Agriculture Sector, 02/01/2018. The details / estimates on Gross State Value Added (GSVA) for Agriculture and Allied Sector are compiled and released by the Central Statistics Office (CSO), Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation (MoSPI) with the coordination of the States/UTs in the country. The State-wise details of the latest GSVA for agriculture & allied sector (at constant 2011-12 prices) and its rate of growth are given at Annexure- I (A) & Annexure- I (B) respectively.

Question raised in Rajya Sabha on Covering of Crops under Crop Insurance Schemes, 29/12/2017. The Government is presently implementing the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY), Restructured Weather Based Crop Insurance Scheme (RWBCIS) and Coconut Palm Insurance Scheme (CPIS) in the country. The PMFBY and RWBCIS envisage coverage of all food and oilseeds crop and commercial/horticultural crops. It is, however, the prerogative of the State Government/ Union Territory to select the crops which they want to be covered under the schemes.

Question raised in Lok Sabha on Waste-To-Energy Plants, 28/12/2017. The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has supported 180 waste-to-energy plants based on Municipal Solid Waste (MSW), Urban & Industrial Waste for generation of power, biogas and bioCNG. These plants are functioning properly meeting the desired objective of utilizing agricultural waste, urban waste, industrial waste and Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) for generating power, producing biogas and BioCNG.

Question raised in Lok Sabha on Status of Small Hydro Power Projects, 28/12/2017. 1085 small hydro power projects with aggregate capacity of 4399.355 MW capacity have been set up upto November 2017. The State wise number of Small Hydro Projects installed by 30.11.2017 are given in Annexure-I.

Question raised in Lok Sabha on Open Defecation Free Districts, 28/12/2017. State/UT-wise, no. of districts declared Open Defecation Free (ODF) districts and the number of districts that are yet to be declared ODF as on 22.12.2017 is at Annexure-1.

Question raised in Lok Sabha on Illegal Mining, 28/12/2017. Based on the quarterly returns on illegal mining submitted by various State Governments to Indian Bureau of Mines (a subordinate office under the Ministry of
Mines), state-wise details of instances of illegal mining reported for the last three years alongwith the details of action taken against the offenders is given at Annexure.

Question raised in Lok Sabha on Ground Water Contamination, 28/12/2017.

The Select Committee to examine the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2017 (Chairperson: Dr. Vinay P. Sahasrabuddhe) submitted its report on December 22, 2017. The Bill amends the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988. It was passed by Lok Sabha on April 10, 2017, and referred to the Rajya Sabha Select Committee on August 8, 2017.

Question raised in Lok Sabha on Permissible Level of Pollutants, 22/12/2017. Government of India has laid down National Ambient Air Quality standards (NAAQS) for twelve air pollutants, namely, PM10, PM2.5, Carbon Monoxide (CO), Sulphur Dioxide (SO2), Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2), Ammonia (NH3), ground level Ozone (O3), Lead, Arsenic, Nickel, Benzene and Benzo (a) Pyrene. The relevant standards are annexed. The NAAQS helps in assessment of air quality with respect to various pollutants and development of preventive and corrective measures for mitigation.

Question raised in Lok Sabha on Environmental Clearance to Companies, 22/12/2017. The Ministry has issued a Notification vide S.O.804(E) dated the 14th March, 2017under the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986to appraise the projects, which have started the work without taking prior environmental clearance in terms of the provisions of the Environment Impact Assessment Notification, 2006. The said Notification provides one