Question raised in Rajya Sabha on Impact of Erratic Climate on Agricultural Production, 10/03/2017. There has been a significant fluctuation in production (as compared to trend) in important foodgrain crops grown in the country during last 10 years (between 2005-06 and 2014-15) due to erratic climatic behaviour (rainfall/droughts).

Question raised in Lok Sabha on Food Fortification, 10/03/2017. FSSAI, has operationalized Food Safety and Standards (Fortification of Food) Regulations, 2016 with effect from October 16, 2016 including standards for fortification of Wheat flour, Maida, Rice, Milk, Oil, Salt, etc.

Question raised in Lok Sabha on Food Fortification for Children, 10/03/2017.

Question raised in Lok Sabha on Contamination of Ground Water, 10/03/2017. Diseases such as Cholera, Acute Diarrhoeal Diseases (Dysentery and Diarrhea), Enteric Fever (Typhoid) and Viral Hepatitis A & E are caused by consumption of contaminated drinking water. State/UT wise details of number of cases and deaths reported due to these diseases during 2014-16 as per data compiled by the Central Bureau of Health Intelligence (CBHI) are indicated in Annexure I.

Question raised in Lok Sabha on Chronic Diseases, 10/03/2017. The Government of India is implementing National Programme for Prevention and Control of Cancer, Diabetes, Cardiovascular Diseases and Stroke (NPCDCS) for interventions up to District level under the National Health Mission. It has focus on awareness generation, screening and early

Question raised in Lok Sabha on Cancer Cases, 10/03/2017. As per National Cancer Registry Program (NCRP) data, there has been an increase in estimated incidence of cancer cases of all sites including breast and cervical cancer and related deaths in the country. The estimated number of cases and related deaths due to cancer, including breast and cervical cancer, reported during the last three years, State/UT wise is at Annexure I to VI.

Question raised in Rajya Sabha on Adverse Effect of Chemical Fertilizers on Climate, 10/03/2017. Scientific studies have revealed that there is no harmful effect of chemical fertilisers with balanced and judicious use, rather have beneficial effect as it encourages soil carbon sequestration.

Question raised in Rajya Sabha on Uncertainties in Weather Patterns, 09/03/2017. Monsoon rainfall over India varies on different spatial and temporal scales.

Question raised in Rajya Sabha on Damage to Marine Ecosystem, 09/03/2017. The Ministry has been implementing a program for assessment of health of the coastal waters of India by periodically monitoring the pollutant levels in the seawaters of India.

Question raised in Lok Sabha on Water-related Diseases, 09/03/2017. There are 9.25 lakh private drinking water sources which interalia include both open well and tube well) in rural India as reported by the States into the online Integrated Management Information System of the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation. Since bacteriological contamination is highly dynamic in nature, the data on percentage of private unsafe wells is not maintained at the Central level by the Ministry.

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