Question raised in Lok Sabha on Decrease in Agricultural Land, 10/12/2019. As per report on Land Use Statistics for 2014-15 (latest available), agricultural land/ cultivable land in the country has declined only marginally from 182.01 million hectares in 201011 to 181.89 million hectares in 2014-15.

Question raised in Rajya Sabha on Action on findings of CSE on illegal sale of GM foods in the country, 10/12/2019.

The demonstrations sweeping across the world today signal that, despite unprecedented progress against poverty, hunger and disease, many societies are not working as they should. The connecting thread, argues this new report from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), is inequality.

Question raised in Rajya Sabha on Sale of BS VI norm vehicles, 09/12/2019. The Government, vide G.S.R. 889(E), dated 16.09.2016 has mandated BS-VI mass emission standard for vehicles throughout the country from April 1, 2020 to curb pollution across the country.

Question raised in Rajya Sabha on Pedestrians killed in road accidents, 09/12/2019. The State-UT wise details of Pedestrians killed under the category of road user during the last three calendar years i.e. 2016 to 2018 are given at Annexure.

Question raised in Lok Sabha on Nutrition to Tribal People, 09/12/2019. Government is aware that there is gap between the tribal population and general population of the country with regard to various human development indicators pertaining to Health, Livelihood and Education etc.

Question raised in Rajya Sabha on Measures to reduce land degradation, 09/12/2019. Various steps have been taken by the Government of India to reduce land degradation and desertification of land to ensure food security.

Question raised in Rajya Sabha on Effluent treatment norms for pharmaceutical companies, 09/12/2019. The environmental standards for Pharmaceutical Industry were last issued in 2009. There are increasing concerns on water pollution and thus a need for improving upon the quality of effluents.

Question raised in Rajya Sabha on Effects of biofuels on pollution, 09/12/2019. BS-IV standards adopted from 1st April, 2017.

Question raised in Lok Sabha on TB Cases in Rural Areas, 06/12/2019. The overall TB incidence in India is on the decline, 217 per lakh in 2015 to 199 per lakh in 2018. The estimated burden of the disease has decreased from 28.4 lakhs in 2015 to 26.9 lakhs in 2018.