Question raised in Lok Sabha on Groundwater Resources in India, 27/06/2019. Central Ground Water Board (CGWB) carries out ground water monitoring, four times a year, on regional scale through a network of observation wells in the Country. As per the pre-monsoon water level data (2018), the deeper ground water level (more than 40 meters below ground level) has been observed in the isolated pockets in some of the States/UTs. State-wise depth to water level and distribution of percentage of wells for the Period of Pre-monsoon, 2018 is given at Annexure I.

Question raised in Rajya Sabha on Rising Malnourishment Among Children, 27/06/2019, As per the report of National Family Health Survey (NFHS) – 4 conducted by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare in 2015-16, 35.7% children under 5 years of age are underweight and 38.4% are stunted.

Question raised in Lok Sabha on Disposal of Municipal Waste, 27/06/2019. The total Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) generated in the urban areas of the country is 1.45 Lakhs Metric Tonnes per Day (MT/D) of which 54% is being processed in a scientific manner at present.

Question raised in Lok Sabha on Depletion in Groundwater Level, 27/06/2019. Central Ground Water Board (CGWB) carries out ground water monitoring four times a year in different States.

Question raised in Lok Sabha on Chemical Contamination of Water, 27/06/2019. State-wise details of areas affected by Arsenic and other contaminants viz. Salinity, Fluoride, Nitrate, Lead, Cadmium and Chromium in ground water, as per data available with CGWB are given at Annexure.

Kerala has emerged as the top ranking state in the second health index launched by NITI Aayog, while Uttar Pradesh is the worst, reported PTI. The health index is a composite measure of States and Union Territories based on 23 health indicators with major weightage to the outcomes.

Question raised in Lok Sabha on Crop Insurance Schemes, 25/06/2019. State-wise details of claim ratio during 2016-17, 2017-18 and 2018-19 (Provisional for Kharif 2018 season only as complete data is not available for Rabi 2018-19) are Annexed.

Question raised in Lok Sabha on Pollution in Rivers, 21/06/2019. The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) in association with State Pollution Control Boards (SPCBs)/ Pollution Control Committees (PCCs) monitors the water quality of rivers across the country through a network of monitoring stations under the National Water Quality Monitoring Programme. The criteria/norms of standard level water pollution for major rivers are generally based on Biochemical Oxygen Demand (BOD)levels, a key indicator of organic pollution.

Question raised in Lok Sabha on Poaching and Trafficking of Wildlife, 21/06/2019. Confirmed cases of poaching and seizures from the year 2012 to 2018 are at Annexure-I. The steps taken/being taken by the Government of India through the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) to check poaching is at Annexure-II.

Question raised in Lok Sabha on Poaching and Trafficking of Wildlife, 21/06/2019. Confirmed cases of poaching and seizures from the year 2012 to 2018 are at Annexure-I. The steps taken/being taken by the Government of India through the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) to check poaching is at Annexure-II.

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