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.

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.

Question raised in Lok Sabha on MGNREGS and Poverty Eradication, 16/03/2017. State/UT-wise estimated percentage of rural men and women working under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGA) are at Annexure.

Question raised in Lok Sabha on Hydro Power Projects in Backward Areas, 16/03/2017. Presently, 44 Hydro-Electric Projects (HEPs) (above 25 MW) with total installed capacity of 11,993.5 MW are under construction in the country. Out of these 44 HEPs, 21 HEPs aggregating to 6429 MW are stalled / stressed due to various reasons. The state-wise details of such HEPs vis-à-vis the reasons for delay in commissioning are given at Annex.

Question raised in Lok Sabha on Fluorides in Ground Water, 16/03/2017. State-wise number of fluoride affected habitations ( more than permissible level prescribed by Bureau of Indian Standards for drinking water) as reported by the States into Integrated Management Information System (IMIS) of the Ministry as on 10th March, 2017 is at Annexure-I.

Question raised in Lok Sabha on Employment under MGNREGS, 16/03/2017. State/UT-wise details of households demanded employment, households provided employment, households provided 100 days of employment and average days per household under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme during the last year and current year 2016-17 (as on 10.03.2017) is at Annexure.

Question raised in Lok Sabha on Electrification of Villages, 16/03/2017. As reported by States, there were 18,452 un-electrified villages in the country as on 01.04.2015.

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