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RAJYA SABHA ———— List of Questions for WRITTEN ANSWERS to be asked at a sitting of the Rajya Sabha to be held on Monday, December 9, 2019/Agrahayana 18, 1941 (Saka) ———— (Ministries : Coal; Defence; Environment, Forest and Climate Change; Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises; Information and Broadcasting; Jal Shakti; Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises; Mines; Minority Affairs; Parliamentary Affairs; Road Transport and Highways; Shipping; Youth Affairs and Sports) Total number of questions — 160 514 †Original notice of the question received in Hindi. Accidents in various coal mines in the country 2241. SHRI PRASANNA ACHARYA: Will the Minister of COAL be pleased to state: (a) the number of accidents in various coal mines in the country during the last five years and the number of persons injured/died and details of property damaged and compensation paid; (b) whether any inquiry was conducted and if so, the findings thereof; (c) the action taken against persons held responsible for the accidents; and (d) the corrective measures taken to improve safety and security of the mines and its workers? Pending payments by CCL †2242. SHRI DHIRAJ PRASAD SAHU: Will the Minister of COAL be pleased to state: (a) the number of cases in which the Central Coalfields Limited (CCL) has not made payment to vendors despite the report of Permanent Machinery of Arbitrator (PMA), the case-wise details thereof; (b) the number of cases involving CCL and Hindustan Steelworks Construction Limited (HSCL) coming before PMA and the order issued by PMA in this regard, the case-wise details thereof; and (c) the number of cases pertaining to CCL that are pending with Administrative Mechanism for Resolution of CPSEs Disputes (AMRCD)? Action plan to close coal based power plant 2243. DR. ANBUMANI RAMADOSS: Will the Minister of COAL be pleased to state: (a) whether Government is aware of the call made by the United Nations Secretary

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  • RAJYA SABHA

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    List of Questions for WRITTEN ANSWERS

    to be asked at a sitting of the Rajya Sabha to be held onMonday, December 9, 2019/Agrahayana 18, 1941 (Saka)

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    (Ministries : Coal; Defence; Environment, Forest and Climate Change;Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises; Information and Broadcasting;

    Jal Shakti; Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises; Mines; MinorityAffairs; Parliamentary Affairs; Road Transport and Highways;

    Shipping; Youth Affairs and Sports)

    Total number of questions — 160

    514

    †Original notice of the question received in Hindi.

    Accidents in various coal mines in thecountry

    2241. SHRI PRASANNA ACHARYA:Will the Minister of COAL be pleased tostate:

    (a) the number of accidents in variouscoal mines in the country during the lastfive years and the number of personsinjured/died and details of propertydamaged and compensation paid;

    (b) whether any inquiry was conductedand if so, the findings thereof;

    (c) the action taken against persons heldresponsible for the accidents; and

    (d) the corrective measures taken toimprove safety and security of the minesand its workers?

    Pending payments by CCL

    †2242. SHRI DHIRAJ PRASADSAHU: Will the Minister of COAL bepleased to state:

    (a) the number of cases in which theCentral Coalfields Limited (CCL) has notmade payment to vendors despite thereport of Permanent Machinery ofArbitrator (PMA), the case-wise detailsthereof;

    (b) the number of cases involving CCLand Hindustan Steelworks ConstructionLimited (HSCL) coming before PMA andthe order issued by PMA in this regard, thecase-wise details thereof; and

    (c) the number of cases pertaining toCCL that are pending with AdministrativeMechanism for Resolution of CPSEsDisputes (AMRCD)?

    Action plan to close coal based powerplant

    2243. DR. ANBUMANIRAMADOSS: Will the Minister of COALbe pleased to state:

    (a) whether Government is aware of thecall made by the United Nations Secretary

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    General to close coal based power plantspost 2020 in the recently held climate actionSummit at United Nations, if so, the detailsthereof;

    (b) the details of total number of coalbased power plants, both private andpublic, producing power in India and itspercentage out of the total powerproduction in India; and

    (c) whether there is any action plan tocompletely close coal based power plantspost 2020, if so, details thereof?

    Clean energy cess collected from coalmining

    2244. DR. SASMIT PATRA: Will theMinister of COAL be pleased to state:

    (a) the amount of clean energy cesscollected from coal mining during the lastfive years, State-wise; and

    (b) the details of areas where thecollected clean energy cess has been spent,State-wise?

    Land acquisition for coalmining

    2245. SHRI BINOY VISWAM: Willthe Minister of COAL be pleased to state:

    (a) whether any land, covered under theFifth schedule, has been acquired for coalmining in India;

    (b) if so, the details thereof, State-wise;

    (c) the total number of people displacedby these land acquisitions; and

    (d) the number of displaced people whohave received compensation?

    Uninterrupted supply of coal to powerplants under Shakti Scheme

    2246. SHRI T. G. VENKATESH: Willthe Minister of COAL be pleased to state:

    (a) whether the Shakti Scheme launched

    by Government to provide continuoussupply of coal to the power plants haveeased the stress of the power plants;

    (b) if so, the details thereof;

    (c) the hurdles being faced byGovernment in implementing thecontinuous supply of coal to the powerplants; and

    (d) the remedial measures being takenby Government to overcome them?

    Implementation of Shakti Scheme

    2247. SHRI AKHILESH PRASADSINGH: Will the Minister of COAL bepleased to state:

    (a) the salient features of the ShaktiScheme and details of its implementationin the country;

    (b) the list of eligible States under thescheme, at present;

    (c) whether State of Bihar is eligibleunder the scheme, at present; and

    (d) if so, the details thereof?

    Exploration of coal

    2248. DR. SASIKALA PUSHPARAMASWAMY: Will the Minister ofCOAL be pleased to state:

    (a) whether Geological Survey of India(GSI), Central Mine Planning and DesignInstitute (CMPDI) and MineralExploration Corporation Limited (MECL)has undertaken any coal explorationactivities during the last five years;

    (b) if so, the details thereof, State-wise;

    (c) whether Government has decided toreduce production of coal in view of theadverse impact it makes on the ecologyand climate; and

    (d) if so, the details thereof?

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    Indian soldiers martyred on Indo-Pakborder

    2249. DR. SANTANU SEN: Will theMinister of DEFENCE be pleased to state:

    (a) the details of Indian soldiersmartyred on the Indo-Pak border in frequentterrorist attacks in the last three years;

    (b) the action taken by Government inthis regard; and

    (c) time by which the terrorists wouldbe flushed out?

    Preparedness for handling tourists onSiachen Glacier

    2250. DR. SASMIT PATRA: Will theMinister of DEFENCE be pleased to state:

    (a) the preparedness of Ministry tomanage the tourists who visit SiachenGlacier; and

    (b) the reasons for opening SiachenGlacier for tourists?

    DRDO's contribution in thedevelopment of defence

    equipments

    †2251. SHRIMATI KANTAKARDAM: Will the Minister ofDEFENCE be pleased to state thecontribution of Defence Research andDevelopment Organisation (DRDO) in thedevelopment and upgradation of defenceequipments of the country during the lastfive years?

    Defence purchases from Israel

    2252. SHRI RITABRATA BANERJEE:Will the Minister of DEFENCE be pleasedto state:

    (a) whether it is a fact that Government

    has increased the Defence purchases fromIsrael in the last five years; and

    (b) if so, the details thereof and thereasons therefor?

    Army personnel serving in UNPeacekeeping operations

    2253. SHRI ANIL DESAI: Will theMinister of DEFENCE be pleased to state:

    (a) the number of army personnelcurrently deployed in the United NationsPeacekeeping operations;

    (b) the number of casualties of Indianpersonnel reported from such operationsduring the last five years; and

    (c) the details of welfare schemes inoperation for the forces from the countryserving in UN Peacekeeping missions?

    Sainik schools for girls

    2254. DR. VIKAS MAHATME: Willthe Minister of DEFENCE be pleased tostate:

    (a) whether Government is planning toopen Sainik schools for girls;

    (b) if so, the details thereof along withthe budget allocated for the same;

    (c) whether there is a decline in standard,if so, the reasons for decline in standard ofeducation in these schools; and

    (d) the steps taken to improve thestandard of emoluments provided to theteaching and non-teaching staff of Sainikschools?

    Modernisation and self-sufficiency indefence sector

    2255. SHRI VIVEK K. TANKHA: Willthe Minister of DEFENCE be pleased tostate:

    †Original notice of the question received in Hindi.

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    (a) whether it is a fact that Governmentis planning to spend approx. USD 130billion in the next five to seven years tomodernise the armed forces and bolster theircombat capabilities;

    (b) if so, the steps taken/policiesformulated by Government to achieve self-sufficiency in the defence sector; and

    (c) whether there is a decline in defenceimport in the last five years?

    India's defence expenditure

    †2256. SHRI RAM NATH THAKUR:Will the Minister of DEFENCE be pleasedto state:

    (a) whether it is a fact that a large partof defence budget is spent on import ofdefence equipments;

    (b) if so, the percentage of total budgetwhich has been spent on the purchase ofdefence ordnance during the last threeyears; and

    (c) the efforts being made tomanufacture these weapons indigenouslyso that foreign currency remains intact?

    Use of honeytrap by ISI

    †2257. SHRI NARANBHAI J.RATHWA: Will the Minister ofDEFENCE be pleased to state:

    (a) whether it is a fact that Inter-ServicesIntelligence (ISI) has made/is making effortsto use honeytrap as a tool in order to trapIndian officers;

    (b) the resonse of Government thereto;and

    (c) the steps taken by Government inthis regard in order to prevent Pakistan fromgaining any access to the intelligence inputsfrom India?

    Encroached defence land in the country

    2258. DR. SASIKALA PUSHPARAMASWAMY: Will the Minister ofDEFENCE be pleased to state:

    (a) whether Government is aware thatthere are around 9,700 acres of defence landwhich is under encroachment across thecountry;

    (b) if so, the details thereof;

    (c) whether Government has conceivedany plan to retrieve/regain the substantialportion of land in a time-bound manner;

    (d) if so, the details thereof; and

    (e) if not, the reasons therefor?

    Afforestation measures underCAMPA

    2259. SHRI MD. NADIMULHAQUE: Will the Minister ofENVIRONMENT, FOREST ANDCLIMATE CHANGE be pleased to state:

    (a) details of total area under forest coverin the country year on year for the last fiveyears, State-wise;

    (b) the afforestation measures carriedout by the Compensatory AfforestationFund Management and Planning Authority(CAMPA); and

    (c) details of funds collected and spentby CAMPA for afforestation activities foraforesaid period?

    Steps to reduce air pollution

    2260. DR. SANTANU SEN: Will theMinister of ENVIRONMENT, FORESTAND CLIMATE CHANGE be pleased tostate:

    (a) the details of projects/steps takenup in last five years to reduce air pollutionin the country;

    †Original notice of the question received in Hindi.

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    (b) the details of projects/steps taken,especially in the tier 1 and tier 2 cities whichare most polluted;

    (c) the budget allocated to ensurereduction in air pollution in last five years,year-wise and project-wise; and

    (d) the budget spent to ensure reductionin air pollution in last five years, year-wiseand project-wise?

    Environmental clearance for projectsin Sikkim

    2261. SHRI HISHEY LACHUNGPA:Will the Minister of ENVIRONMENT,FOREST AND CLIMATE CHANGE bepleased to state:

    (a) the various projects pending withGovernment for environmental clearancepertaining to State of Sikkim ;

    (b) the details of these projects project-wise; and

    (c) since when these projects arepending and time required to clear theseprojects?

    Joint Task Force to check smugglingof wildlife

    2262. SHRI R. VAITHILINGAM: Willthe Minister of ENVIRONMENT,FOREST AND CLIMATE CHANGE bepleased to state:

    (a) whether it is a fact that India, Nepaland Bhutan are actively considering to havea Joint Task Force for allowing freemovement of wildlife across politicalboundaries and to check smuggling ofwildlife across the Kanchenjunga region;

    (b) if so, the details thereof;

    (c) whether it is also a fact that thedevelopment came after forest officials andrepresentatives of Non-Governmental

    Organisations of the three countries visitedparts of the Kanchenjunga region and laterheld a meeting at Siliguri earlier this month;and

    (d) if so, the details thereof?

    Measures to reduce land degradation

    2263. LT. GEN. (DR.) D. P. VATS(RETD.):

    SHRI VIJAY PAL SINGHTOMAR:

    SHRI P. BHATTACHARYA:SHRI HARNATH SINGH

    YADAV:

    Will the Minister of ENVIRONMENT,FOREST AND CLIMATE CHANGE bepleased to state:

    (a) whether Government has taken anyaction to reduce the land degradation,extreme loss of biodiversity anddesertification of land which leads to foodinsecurity in the country and in the endincrease the poverty rate; and

    (b) if so, the details of the action takenby Government for this climate crisis?

    Legislation to reduce carbon emission

    2264. SHRI HARSHVARDHANSINGH DUNGARPUR: Will the Ministerof ENVIRONMENT, FOREST ANDCLIMATE CHANGE be pleased to state:

    (a) whether Government proposes toenact legislation in order to bring down thelevel of carbon emission to reduce theimpact of climate change in the country,particularly in metro cities;

    (b) if so, the details thereof and if not,the steps being taken by Government inthis regard; and

    (c) the details of the benefits that arelikely to accrue as a result thereof?

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    Pollution in the country

    2265. DR. KANWAR DEEPSINGH:

    SHRI MAJEED MEMON:

    Will the Minister of ENVIRONMENT,FOREST AND CLIMATE CHANGE bepleased to state:

    (a) whether India is one of the toppolluted areas of the world; and

    (b) if so, the details thereof and the actionbeing taken by Government to controlpollution?

    Testing of BT brinjal and itsplantation

    2266. SHRI MAHESH PODDAR:SHRI HUSAIN DALWAI:

    Will the Minister ofENVIRONMENT, FOREST ANDCLIMATE CHANGE be pleased to state:

    (a) whether the BT brinjal event wasidentified for the BT brinjal planted inHaryana;

    (b) if so, the details thereof;

    (c) whether the BT brinjal plantation inPune district, as announced by ‘ShetkariSanghatana’ was tested, removed and seed/sapling source was identified; and

    (d) if so, the details thereof?

    Warning of IPCC on cyclones

    2267. SHRI RIPUN BORA: Will theMinister of ENVIRONMENT, FORESTAND CLIMATE CHANGE be pleased tostate:

    (a) whether it is a fact that Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change(IPCC) has warned about widespread deathof marine life and residents of coastal areas

    and recurring destructive cyclones in thecoming periods of time;

    (b) if so, whether it is also a fact thatmelting of Himalayan ice and glaciers willalso affect renewable supplies of freshwater; and

    (c) if so, action taken by Governmentand time-bound proposal to balance thenormal ecosystem of the country and oceanareas?

    Impact of 'Green Good Deeds' onIndian society

    2268. SHRIMATI SHANTACHHETRI: Will the Minister ofENVIRONMENT, FOREST ANDCLIMATE CHANGE be pleased to state:

    (a) whether there is any concept of'Green Good Deeds' to spreadenvironmental awareness amongst thepeople and get them involved;

    (b) whether this concept has met itslogical outcome; and

    (c) if so, the details thereof, if not, thereasons therefor?

    Cutting of trees

    2269. SHRI RAJKUMAR DHOOT:Will the Minister of ENVIRONMENT,FOREST AND CLIMATE CHANGE bepleased to state:

    (a) the number of trees cut in the countryfor development purposes during the lastfour years, year-wise, State and UT-wise;

    (b) whether it is a fact that States hastilycut trees as was evident in Mumbairecently; and

    (c) the action Government proposes totake to ensure that trees are not cutindiscriminately for development and otherpurposes?

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    Tree census in Bengaluru

    2270. SHRI RAJEEVCHANDRASEKHAR: Will the Ministerof ENVIRONMENT, FOREST ANDCLIMATE CHANGE be pleased to state:

    (a) whether the Institute of WoodScience and Technology (IWST), a wing ofthe Indian Council of Forestry Researchand Education has received any proposalfrom Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike(BBMP) for tree census in Bengaluru;

    (b) if so, the details thereof; and

    (c) the details of the tree censusconducted by IWST in other cities duringlast five years?

    Effluent treatment norms forpharmaceutical companies

    2271. SHRIMATI VANDANACHAVAN: Will the Minister ofENVIRONMENT, FOREST ANDCLIMATE CHANGE be pleased to state:

    (a) whether Government has received aproposal by Indian Drug Manufacturers'Association to change existing effluenttreatment norms to exempt bulk drugsmanufacturers from fresh approval process,for making changes to product mix atmanufacturing facilities:

    (b) if so, details thereof;

    (c) whether Government has taken/plans to take any action to change existingnorms;

    (d) if so, details thereof; and

    (e) details and status of report onstandards for antibiotic residue in industrialeffluents, drafted by Expert Committeeconstituted by Central Pollution ControlBoard (CPCB) and time-frame withinwhich these standards will be finalised andimplemented?

    Vacancies in the National GreenTribunal

    2272. SHRI MD. NADIMULHAQUE: Will the Minister ofENVIRONMENT, FOREST ANDCLIMATE CHANGE be pleased to state:

    (a) whether the National Green Tribunalat present is dealing with a problem ofvacancies;

    (b) if so, the details thereof;

    (c) whether problems are being facedby the zonal and circuit benches due to thevacancies; and

    (d) if so, the steps being taken to addressthe problem of vacancies?

    Environmental clearance for CoastGuard Academy in Azhikkal,

    Kerala

    2273. SHRI K. K. RAGESH: Will theMinister of ENVIRONMENT, FORESTAND CLIMATE CHANGE be pleased tostate:

    (a) whether the environmental clearancefor the proposed Coast Guard Academy inAzhikkal, Kannur is pending;

    (b) if so, the status of the proposal; and

    (c) the reasons for the delay in givingenvironmental clearance?

    Pending funds for National Missionfor Green India

    2274. SHRI B. K. HARIPRASAD: Willthe Minister of ENVIRONMENT,FOREST AND CLIMATE CHANGE bepleased to state:

    (a) whether sixty per cent of the CentralGovernment's share out of the revisedoutlay of ̀ 1622.23 lakh under the NationalMission for Green India is pending for

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    release with Government during 2017-18;and

    (b) if so, the details thereof?

    Van Mahotsava Plantation

    2275. SHRI SANJAY SINGH: Will theMinister of ENVIRONMENT, FORESTAND CLIMATE CHANGE be pleased tostate:

    (a) the details of saplings planted in thelast five years during Van Mahotsava, State-wise;

    (b) the details of the types of plantsbeing distributed with special focus on localspecies; and

    (c) the details of nurseries whichprovide local species for plantation,State-wise?

    Conservation of Eagle

    †2276. SHRI LAL SINH VADODIA:Will the Minister of ENVIRONMENT,FOREST AND CLIMATE CHANGE bepleased to state:

    (a) whether it is a fact that Governmentis seriously considering conservation of thespecies of Eagle;

    (b) if so, whether Government proposesto take any steps for their conservation;and

    (c) if so, the steps taken and if not, thereasons therefor?

    Receipt of junk at ports of Konkanregion

    †2277. SHRI NARAYAN RANE: Willthe Minister of ENVIRONMENT,FOREST AND CLIMATE CHANGE bepleased to state:

    (a) whether it is a fact that ports in the

    Konkan region of India are receiving junkfrom abroad;

    (b) if so, the objectives behind it andthe benefit to Government from this;

    (c) the number of proposals received tobring junk into India during last three years;

    (d) the number of proposalsGovernment has rejected during the saidtime period;

    (e) whether it is also a fact that theproposals which have been approvedinvolves dangerous junk, which is a threatto the environment of Indian ports; and

    (f) if so, Government's responsethereto?

    Cultivation of unapproved varieties ofBT Brinjal

    2278. SHRI C. M. RAMESH: Will theMinister of ENVIRONMENT, FORESTAND CLIMATE CHANGE be pleased tostate:

    (a) whether it is a fact that in someStates, unapproved varieties of geneticallymodified BT Brinjal are being grown, if so,the details thereof;

    (b) the details of action Government isgoing to take against those States for suchcultivation; and

    (c) whether any Field InspectionCommittee has been constituted to makeon the spot visits, if so, the details thereofand if not, the reasons therefor?

    Cultivation of Genetically ModifiedSoyabean

    2279. SHRI MAHESH PODDAR: Willthe Minister of ENVIRONMENT,FOREST AND CLIMATE CHANGE bepleased to state:

    (a) the findings of the investigation on

    †Original notice of the question received in Hindi.

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    illegal cultivation of Genetically ModifiedSoyabean in Gujarat, reported to GeneticEngineering Appraisal Committee (GEAC)in the end of 2017;

    (b) whether any action has been takensince then; and

    (c) if so, the details thereof?

    Problem of single use plasticin Delhi

    2280. SHRI VIJAY GOEL: Will theMinister of ENVIRONMENT, FORESTAND CLIMATE CHANGE be pleased tostate:

    (a) the steps taken to address theproblem of single use plastic in Delhi;

    (b) the amount allocated and utilisedfor it during the last two years; and

    (c) the steps Government has taken toaddress the problems of Ghazipur landfill?

    Non-implementation of plasticban

    2281. SHRI SANJAY SINGH: Will theMinister of ENVIRONMENT, FORESTAND CLIMATE CHANGE be pleased tostate:

    (a) the reasons for not implementingthe plastic ban;

    (b) the number of times plastic has beenbanned in India in the last ten years, State-wise;

    (c) the details of fines imposed includingyear and number of fines levied during theban period; and

    (d) the details of plans to ensurelegitimate implementation of plastic ban?

    EPR for recycling plasticwaste

    2282. SHRIMATI VANDANACHAVAN: Will the Minister ofENVIRONMENT, FOREST ANDCLIMATE CHANGE be pleased to state:

    (a) whether Government plans to framea national framework on Extended ProducerResponsibility (EPR) for recycling ofplastic waste by brand owners and plasticproducers;

    (b) if so, the details thereof, includingthe reasons for the delay in drafting theframe work and the time period within whichit will now be framed and implemented;and

    (c) if not, the reasons therefor?

    Implementation of EPR

    2283. SHRI NARESH GUJRAL: Willthe Minister of ENVIRONMENT,FOREST AND CLIMATE CHANGE bepleased to state:

    (a) whether the Ministry maintains anyrecord regarding States that haveimplemented the Extended ProducerResponsibility (EPR) policy, if so, thedetails thereof;

    (b) the steps taken by Government toimplement the policy, specifically,collection of single use plastics by thecompanies; and

    (c) whether the States maintain anyrecord and other related details of thecompanies implementing this policy?

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    Implementation of Kasturiranganreport

    2284. SHRI K. J. ALPHONS: Will theMinister of ENVIRONMENT, FORESTAND CLIMATE CHANGE be pleased tostate:

    (a) the status of implementation ofKasturirangan report regarding WesternGhats;

    (b) whether there is a time-frame bywhich it would be implemented; and

    (c) whether Government will take intoconsideration the realities on the groundwhile implementing the report?

    Death of migratory birds

    2285. DR. T. SUBBARAMI REDDY:Will the Minister of ENVIRONMENT,FOREST AND CLIMATE CHANGE bepleased to state:

    (a) whether more than 18,000 migratorybirds died recently at Sambhar Lake,Rajasthan;

    (b) if so, the details thereof;

    (c) the reasons for the mysteriousdeaths of thousands of birds;

    (d) whether any team has been sent tofind out the causes and if so, details of thepreliminary report; and

    (e) the measures taken or proposed tobe taken to make the atmosphere congenialfor migratory birds?

    Empanelment of EnvironmentalImpact Assessment Consultants

    2286. SHRI PARTAP SINGH BAJWA:Will the Minister of ENVIRONMENT,FOREST AND CLIMATE CHANGE bepleased to state:

    (a) whether Government is creating a

    national list of empanelled EnvironmentalImpact Assessment Consultants who canundertake environmental impact assessment;

    (b) whether Government has studiedthe veracity of environmental impactassessment reports currently beingpresented;

    (c) whether Government is undertakingsteps to improve the quality ofenvironmental assessment reporting;

    (d) if so, the details thereof, if not, thereasons therefor; and

    (e) whether Government has examinedthe fact that present system of consultantsleads to a conflict of interest and whetherthe conflict of interest has any impact onthe quality of the reports?

    Adaptation and mitigation of climatechange

    2287. PROF. M.V. RAJEEV GOWDA:Will the Minister of ENVIRONMENT,FOREST AND CLIMATE CHANGE bepleased to state:

    (a) the estimated costs of adaptationand mitigation of climate change to beincurred by the country to meet the 2 degreeCelsius target under the 2015 ParisAgreement until 2030;

    (b) the sources and amount of fundingidentified by Government, including directfinance, private investment and foreignassistance, to meet these costs;

    (c) the list of Centrally sponsoredschemes and Central sector schemes thathave climate change components; and

    (d) the details of these components,specifically whether they are focusedon adaptation or mitigation measures,scheme-wise?

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    Action taken to improve worseningcondition of polluted cities

    2288. SHRI B.K. HARIPRASAD: Willthe Minister of ENVIRONMENT,FOREST AND CLIMATE CHANGE bepleased to refer to answer to UnstarredQuestion 2765 given in the Rajya Sabha on07th January, 2019 and to state:

    (a) the status of improvement made sofar on worsening condition of the pollutedcities; and

    (b) the details of the steps taken andresult visible thereof?

    Effects of biofuels on pollution

    2289. DR. AMAR PATNAIK: Will theMinister of ENVIRONMENT, FORESTAND CLIMATE CHANGE be pleased tostate:

    (a) the details of the steps undertakenby Government to reduce vehicular airpollution in urban areas;

    (b) whether Government has convenedany study on the effect of biofuels on airpollution and if so, the details thereof;

    (c) whether Government has taken anysteps to introduce the ethanol or alternativebiofuels as a solution to the particulateemissions caused by conventional fuels; and

    (d) if so, the details thereof and if not,the reasons therefor?

    Air pollution in DelhiNCR

    2290. SHRI VIJAY GOEL: Will theMinister of ENVIRONMENT, FORESTAND CLIMATE CHANGE be pleased tostate:

    (a) the steps Government has taken tocombat the menace of air pollution in DelhiNCR;

    (b) the details thereof including theamount allocated for Delhi NCR region tocurb pollution; and

    (c) whether there are any proposals inpipeline to mitigate pollution levels in DelhiNCR, if so, the details thereof?

    Climate change costs

    2291. PROF. M.V. RAJEEV GOWDA:Will the Minister of ENVIRONMENT,FOREST AND CLIMATE CHANGE bepleased to state:

    (a) the amount of money spent onadaptation and mitigation measures,separately, during last five years withdetails of the project and source of funding,year-wise and State-wise;

    (b) whether there is any income andoutcome budget with respect to climatechange and if so, the details thereof;

    (c) if not, reasons therefor;

    (d) whether Government has conductedany cost benefit analysis to determine theamount of money that would be saved ifcertain climate change measures areadopted, including health relatedexpenditure; and

    (e) whether Government has conductedany study to evaluate the intangiblebenefits that would accrue through certainclimate change measures?

    Slowdown in auto sector

    2292. SHRI AHMED PATEL: Will theMinister of HEAVY INDUSTRIES ANDPUBLIC ENTERPRISES be pleased tostate:

    (a) whether Government believes thatthere is a slowdown in the auto sector;

    (b) whether Government is aware thatthere are reports that the commercial-

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    vehicle (CV) segment is expected to reporta decline of around 20 per cent in salesvolumes in October, 2019;

    (c) if so, the details thereof; and

    (d) the impact of the slowdown on thissector in the larger interests of Indianeconomy and job creation?

    Handing over of HMT land to KeralaGovernment

    2293. SHRI K.K. RAGESH: Will theMinister of HEAVY INDUSTRIES ANDPUBLIC ENTERPRISES be pleased tostate:

    (a) whether the transfer of land ownedby Hindustan Machine Tools (HMT),Kalamassery to Kerala Government isunder consideration; and

    (b) if so, the status of the transfer?

    Privatisation of BHEL

    2294. SHRI DIGVIJAYA SINGH: Willthe Minister of HEAVY INDUSTRIESAND PUBLIC ENTERPRISES be pleasedto state whether Government is consideringprivatisation of Bharat Heavy ElectricalsLimited (BHEL)?

    SC/ST industrialists andentrepreneurs

    2295. DR. L. HANUMANTHAIAH:Will the Minister of HEAVY INDUSTRIESAND PUBLIC ENTERPRISES be pleasedto state:

    (a) the number of SC/ST industrialistsand entrepreneurs in the country and thedetails thereof;

    (b) the measures taken by Governmentto improve their strength and increase theirbusiness; and

    (c) the percentage turnover of the SC/ST entrepreneurs comparatively withoverall industrial production?

    Pending cases with AMRCD forresolution of CPSEs disputes

    2296. SHRI DHIRAJ PRASAD SAHU:Will the Minister of COAL be pleased tostate:

    (a) whether a number of cases of CentralCoalfields Limited (CCL) are pendingbefore Administrative Mechanism forResolution of CPSEs Disputes (AMRCD),if so, the details of last four years and thecurrent year, case-wise;

    (b) the case-wise details of the numberof disputes of CCL redressed out of theseand the ones redressed from amongst these;and

    (c) whether there is any time limit forresolution of CPSEs disputes, if so, thedetails thereof?

    Status of sops to conventional batteryvehicles under FAME scheme

    2297. SHRIMATI VIJILASATHYANANTH: Will the Minister ofHEAVY INDUSTRIES AND PUBLICENTERPRISES be pleased to state:

    (a) whether it is a fact that Governmenthas withdrawn sops to conventionalbattery vehicles under Faster Adoption andManufacturing of (Hybrid) and ElectricVehicles (FAME) scheme;

    (b) if so, the details thereof;

    (c) whether it is also a fact thatGovernment has extended the first phaseof the FAME Indian scheme for promotingelectric and hybrid vehicles by another sixmonths till 31st March, 2019; and

    (d ) if so, the details thereof?

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    Take over of the InstrumentationLimited

    2298. SHRI ELAMARAM KAREEM:Will the Minister of HEAVY INDUSTRIESAND PUBLIC ENTERPRISES be pleasedto state:

    (a) whether there is any proposal fromState Government of Kerala to theGovernment for taking over theInstrumentation Limited, Palakkad;

    (b) if so, the status of that proposal;

    (c) the reasons for the Centre asking thevalue for land which was given by the StateGovernment of Kerala free of cost; and

    (d ) the steps taken by the Centre inthis regard?

    Closing of car manufacturing plants

    2299. SHRI TIRUCHI SIVA: Will theMinister of HEAVY INDUSTRIES ANDPUBLIC ENTERPRISES be pleased tostate:

    (a) the number of car manufacturingplants that have been shut down in thecountry from the years 2014-2019, thename of the plants and the location thereof;

    (b) the estimated loss of jobs that hasresulted owing to the shutting down of carmanufacturing plants; and

    (c) the measures taken by Governmentto boost the automotive sector and toencourage domestic manufacturing of cars?

    Plan to boost heavy industries in theNorth-Eastern States

    2300. SHRI K. BHABANANDASINGH: Will the Minister of HEAVYINDUSTRIES AND PUBLICENTERPRISES be pleased to state:

    (a) whether Government has worked

    out a plan/scheme to boost the heavyindustries/PSUs in North-Eastern Statesparticularly Manipur in order to generateemployment, as Manipur does not haveany such industry;

    (b) whether any multinationalcompanies/PSUs are willing to invest inthe North Eastern States particularly inManipur; and

    (c) if so, the details thereof and theprogress made in this direction so far, ifnot, the reasons therefor?

    Shutting down several low powertransmitters

    †2301. SHRI AHMAD ASHFAQUEKARIM: Will the Minister ofINFORMATION ANDBROADCASTING be pleased to state:

    (a) whether the decision to shut downseveral low power transmitters andshortwave transmitters under All IndiaRadio and Doordarshan working underPrasar Bharti is strategic move and taken inthe interest of the country;

    (b) whether Government has taken anystep to ensure that people have alternativefacilities available during the shutdown ofservice of these restricted transmitters, ifso, the details thereof; and

    (c) whether Government has started anyassessment or conducted a study estimatingthe economic impact due to the closure ofthese services?

    Quality of programmes on radio

    2302. SHRIMATI SAROJINIHEMBRAM: Will the Minister ofINFORMATION ANDBROADCASTING be pleased to state:

    (a) whether Government is aware that

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    there is a widespread discrepancy anddeterioration of good quality programmesbeing broadcast/trasnsmitted in variouslanguages for the Indian radio listenersresiding abroad;

    (b) whether any particular agency/department is looking into thesetransmission/broadcast of theseprogrammes; and

    (c) if so, the reasons for the deteriorationof quality of such programmes for themillions of Indians residing abroad?

    Spreading of fake news

    2303. SHRI S. MUTHUKARUPPAN:Will the Minister of INFORMATIONAND BROADCASTING be pleased tostate:

    (a) whether it is a fact that fake newshave become a national threat in all angles;

    (b) whether it is also a fact thatGovernment is considering to take actionagainst those spreading fake news throughprint and electronic media;

    (c) whether Government iscontemplating to cancel the license of thoseprint and electronic media that circulate fakenews intermittently; and

    (d ) if so, the details thereof?

    Encouragement of Community Radioservices

    2304. SHRIMATI SAROJINIHEMBRAM: Will the Minister ofINFORMATION ANDBROADCASTING be pleased to state:

    (a) the various steps/initiatives beingtaken by Government to encourage theCommunity Radio services in differentparts of the country;

    (b) whether increasing number of

    opportunities would be provided byGovernment to open such CommunityRadio Centres in rural areas of the country;and

    (c) if so, the details thereof?

    Implementation of CAT orders

    2305. SHRI MAJEED MEMON: Willthe Minister of INFORMATION ANDBROADCASTING be pleased to state:

    (a) whether it is a fact that a large numberof Judicial Orders of the CentralAdministrative Tribunal (CAT) are notbeing implemented by the Ministry and itssubordinate offices such as Doordarshan;

    (b) if so, the details of such cases withreasons for not implementing the CATorders; and

    (c) the steps being taken byGovernment to implement CAT orderswhich are five years old?

    Consultants and advisors working inthe Ministry

    2306. DR. VINAY P.SAHASRABUDDHE: Will the Ministerof INFORMATION ANDBROADCASTING be pleased to state:

    (a) the number of full time consultantsand/or advisors who are currently workingwith the Ministry and its variousDepartments and Autonomous Bodies/Institutions and Public SectorOrganisations associated with it as of 31stAugust, 2019;

    (b) since when they are working andthe details of total amount of honorarium/salary/fees being paid to them, Department/Institution-wise; and

    (c) the mechanism, if any, of assessingtheir performance periodically?

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    NITI Aayog report on water crisis

    †2307. DR. KIRODI LAL MEENA:Will the Minister of JAL SHAKTI bepleased to state:

    (a) whether a recent report of NITIAayog gives a prediction of the alarmingwater crisis in the country, according towhich 600 million people would have toface high to extreme shortage of water dueto the contamination of 70 per cent water;

    (b) whether India has been ranked at120th position among 122 countries on thewater quality index as per NITI Aayogreport; and

    (c) whether experts deny the conclusionof NITI Aayog that there are 12 millionwells in India whereas as per reliable datathe number of wells is 30 million?

    Groundwater contamination due toleakage from septic tanks

    †2308. SHRI VISHAMBHARPRASAD NISHAD:

    SHRIMATI CHHAYAVERMA:

    CH. SUKHRAM SINGHYADAV:

    Will the Minister of JAL SHAKTI bepleased to state:

    (a) whether groundwater is gettingpolluted in the country due tocontamination with the unclean waterleaked from the septic tanks of the toilets,built without adhering to the set rules andrural people are getting infected with manydiseases after consuming that pollutedgroundwater;

    (b) details of the schemes under whichthe drinking water is being provided to therural inhabitations during the last five years;and

    (c) number of inhabitations in such

    districts where groundwater is polluted anddrinking water is supplied through pipelinesand number of such inhabitations wherepipelines are yet to be laid?

    High level of Uranium concentrationin groundwater samples

    2309. SHRI SAMBHAJICHHATRAPATI: Will the Minister of JALSHAKTI be pleased to state:

    (a) whether Atomic MineralsDirectorate has found dangerously highlevels of Uranium concentration in thegroundwater samples taken in Lambapur-Peddagattu region of Telangana;

    (b) if so, the details thereof and theproposed steps Government has initiatedto safeguard the health of people;

    (c) whether Government has any planto undertake a high level probe in the matterand find out the issues involved to avoidmajor mishap in Lambapur-Peddagattu andadjoining regions, including Nagarjuna SagarDam area because of its close proximity ofUranium deposits and groundwater; and

    (d ) if so, the details thereof?

    Water conservation fee

    2310. DR. T. SUBBARAMIREDDY:

    SHRI VAIKO:

    Will the Minister of JAL SHAKTI bepleased to state:

    (a) whether there is any proposal tolevy water conservation fee, in order todiscourage excessive exploitation ofgroundwater;

    (b) if so, the details thereof;

    (c) the details of other action plans forthe conservation of water;

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    (d ) whether residential complexes andagriculture will be exempted, while chargingthe industries for commercial exploitation;and

    (e) if so, the details thereof and by whattime the action plan will be ready?

    Polluted river stretches

    2311. SHRIMATI VIJILASATHYANANTH: Will the Minister ofJAL SHAKTI be pleased to state:

    (a) whether it is a fact that the CentralPollution Control Board in its 2015 report,had identified 302 polluted stretches on275 rivers, spanning 28 States and six UnionTerritories;

    (b) if so, the details thereof;

    (c) whether it is also a fact that theincrease in numbers of polluted stretches,reflects higher pollution levels as well as anincrease in requirement of setting up morewater quality monitoring stations; and

    (d ) if so, the details thereof?

    Depletion in groundwater level

    2312. DR. AMEE YAJNIK: SHRI VIJAY PAL SINGH

    TOMAR:DR. L.

    HANUMANTHAIAH:LT. GEN. (DR.) D.P. VATS

    (RETD.):

    Will the Minister of JAL SHAKTI bepleased to state:

    (a) whether there is a constant depletionin groundwater level in various parts of thecountry;

    (b) if so, the details thereof, State/UT-wise along with the reasons therefor; and

    (c) the steps taken or proposed to be

    taken by Government to deal with thiscritical situation?

    Provision of arsenic free pipeddrinking water

    2313. SHRI NEERAJ SHEKHAR:SHRI RAVI PRAKASH

    VERMA:Will the Minister of JAL SHAKTI be

    pleased to state:

    (a) the details of the number ofhouseholds which are being provided witharsenic free piped drinking water as on1st December 2019, State-wise;

    (b) the details of households which wereequipped with arsenic free piped water ason 31st December, 2018, State-wise; and

    (c) the details of funds allocated, releasedand utilized for the above purpose during2019-20, State-wise?

    Declaration of ODF under SBM

    †2314. DR. KIRODI LAL MEENA:Will the Minister of JAL SHAKTI bepleased to state:

    (a) whether many villages and citieshave been declared Open Defecation Free(ODF) under Swachh Bharat Mission(SBM), if so, the details thereof, States/Union Territories/blocks/villages, date-wise; and

    (b) the details of number of toilets thathave been built and fund spent so far sincethe start of this project in the year 2014,States/Union Territories/blocks/villages,date-wise?

    Audit of Polavaram Project expenditure

    2315. DR. K.V.P. RAMACHANDRARAO: Will the Minister of JAL SHAKTIbe pleased to state:

    (a) whether it is a fact that Government

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    is not reimbursing expenditure incurred onPolavaram Project by Andhra PradeshGovernment due to non-submission of auditcertificates of expenditure, incurred on theproject before 1st April, 2014 by the State;

    (b) if so, the details thereof;

    (c) if not, the reasons as to why there isa delay in reimbursing the expenditure onPolavaram; and

    (d ) the details of reimbursement claimsmade by Andhra Pradesh Government onPolavaram expenditure, date-wise and theamount released and the amount yet to bereleased so far?

    Improvement of irrigation facilities

    †2316. SHRI P.L. PUNIA: Will theMinister of JAL SHAKTI be pleased tostate:

    (a) the details of total irrigatedagricultural land and land which isproposed to be irrigated in the countryduring the last two years, State-wise;

    (b) whether it is a fact that a large portionof irrigated agricultural land and the landwhich is proposed to be irrigated have beengiven to industrial houses, if so, the detailsthereof for the last two years; and

    (c) the details of efforts being made toexpand irrigated agricultural land and fundspent thereon for the said period, State-wise?

    Pending irrigation projects in MadhyaPradesh

    †2317. SHRI AJAY PRATAP SINGH:Will the Minister of JAL SHAKTI bepleased to state:

    (a) the names of the irrigation projectsof Madhya Pradesh and the time since when

    they are pending with the Ministry ofEnvironment, Forest and Climate Changefor environmental clearance;

    (b) the reasons for non clearance andwhether the said projects would be cleared,if so, by when; and

    (c) if not, the reasons therefor?

    Rejuvenation of Yamuna river

    2318. DR. ABHISHEK MANUSINGHVI: Will the Minister of JALSHAKTI be pleased to state:

    (a) the steps Government has taken tocheck rising pollution in the Yamuna river;

    (b) the steps taken by Government tocheck the flow of waste from factoriesacross Delhi in the Yamuna river andreasons as to why those factories have notbeen shut down; and

    (c) the effective steps being taken byGovernment for rejuvenation of the saidriver?

    Increasing irrigation area of Rewa,M.P.

    †2319. SHRI RAJMANI PATEL: Willthe Minister of JAL SHAKTI be pleasedto state:

    (a) whether it is a fact that an additionalfund of rupees four crores has beensanctioned to the contractor, in acceptanceof tender in order to increase the irrigatedland area by 2000 hectare in Loni dam areaof district Rewa, Madhya Pradesh; and

    (b) if so, the amount of work of makingof main and minor canals completed afterconducting a survey by the department andby when this work would be finallycompleted?

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    Amount of water wasted by waterpurifiers

    †2320. SHRIMATI KAHKASHANPERWEEN: Will the Minister of JALSHAKTI be pleased to state:

    (a) whether Government is aware of thefact that the amount of water wasted in the''Water Purifiers''. installed in urbanapartments is higher than the water gettingpurified by it;

    (b) if so, whether Government proposesto develop a technology for its reuse afterconservation and purification; and

    (c) if so, the details thereof?

    Inadequacy of ecological flowsnotification

    2321. SHRI A. MOHAMMEDJAN:Will the Minister of JAL SHAKTI bepleased to state:

    (a) whether it is a fact that we are stillfar from cleaning the river and the ecologicalflows notification in this regard is quiteinadequate;

    (b) if so, the reasons therefor;

    (c) whether Government is consideringto take any other concrete steps to cleanriver Ganga; and

    (d) if so, the details thereof?

    Constitution of committees forcleaning river Ganga

    2322. SHRI R. VAITHILINGAM: Willthe Minister of JAL SHAKTI be pleasedto state:

    (a) whether it is a fact that Governmenthad constituted several committeescomprising of IITians and experts andconcluded that 'aviralta' is a matter of greatimportance;

    (b) if so, the details thereof;

    (c) whether it is also a fact thatGovernment gives first priority to cleaningof river Ganga and the second prioriy toecology; and

    (d) if so, the details thereof?

    Teonthar water flow scheme

    †2323. SHRI RAJMANI PATEL:Willthe Minister of JAL SHAKTI be pleasedto state:

    (a) the details of the area, in heactares,proposed for irrigation under the Teontharwater flow scheme of the Rewa district ofMadhya Pradesh, village and acreage-wise;

    (b) whether any provisional cost wasgiven in writing for additional amount forthe additional irrigation on the land otherthan the proposed land; and

    (c) if so, the details of the villages andfunds provided?

    Rejuvenation of dead streams

    2324. DR. ABHISHEK MANUSINGHVI: Will the Minister of JALSHAKTI be pleased to state:

    (a) the steps taken by Government forrejuvenation of the dead streams in droughtprone areas, specially in Rajasthan;

    (b) whether Government has taken anysteps for conservation of rain water atvillage and town levels; and

    (c) the details of the funds spent byGovernment during the last three years forrain water harvesting?

    Swachh Survekshan Grameen, 2019

    2325. SHRI G.C. CHANDRA-SHEKHAR: Will the Minister of JALSHAKTI be pleased to state:

    (a) whether Government has conducted

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    a survey of Gram Panchayats in rural areasunder Swachh Survekshan Grameen, 2019(SSG) recently and if so, the details thereof;

    (b) the number of villages proposed tobe covered under SSG-2019, State/UT-wisealong with the number of days in which thesurvey will be conducted;

    (c) the details of the achievement madeout of SSG survey conducted earlier;

    (d) whether any award/cash incentiveswill be provided to villages which comefirst in the survey and if so, the detailsthereof; and

    (e) other steps taken by Government inthis regard?

    Factors for groundwater pollution

    †2326. SHRI HARNATH SINGHYADAV: Will the Minister of JAL SHAKTIbe pleased to state:

    (a) the details of factors responsible forgroundwater getting seriously pollutedacross the country; and

    (b) the action plan formulated byGovernment to prevent water pollution?

    Declining water levels

    2327. SHRI SUSHIL KUMARGUPTA: Will the Minister of JALSHAKTI be pleased to state:

    (a) whether Government is aware thatif water levels continue to decline and thepopulation continues to increase, a largepart of India's population will be affected;

    (b) whether it is a fact that India's percapita water availability has come downdrastically; and

    (c) if so, the steps being taken for savingwater?

    Depletion of water tables

    2328. SHRI NARAIN DASS GUPTA:Will the Minister of JAL SHAKTI bepleased to state:

    (a) whether Government is aware thataccording to the Composite WaterManagement Index (CWMI) reportreleased by the NITI Aayog in 2018-2021,major cities viz. Delhi, Bengaluru, Chennai,Hyderabad and others are racing towardszero groundwater levels by 2020;

    (b) if so, status of the report and themeasures being taken to address theproblem of depleting water levels; and

    (c) the details of budget allocated forthe same?

    Underground aquifer mapping ofgroundwater

    2329. SHRI DIGVIJAYA SINGH: Willthe Minister of JAL SHAKTI be pleasedto state:

    (a) whether Government has doneunderground aquifer mapping in those areaswhich have recorded a high depletion ofgroundwater levels; and

    (b) if so, steps taken by Government torecharge the groundwater for identifiedaquifers?

    Pollution in Ravi, Beas and Sutlejrivers

    2330. SHRI NARAYAN LALPANCHARIYA: Will the Minister of JALSHAKTI be pleased to state:

    (a) whether the attention of CentralGovernment has been drawn by RajasthanGovernment to high level of pollution in

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    waters of Ravi, Beas and Sutlej riversflowing downstream into Rajasthan;

    (b) if so, details thereof;

    (c) whether Rajasthan Government hasrequested Central Government to take upthe matter with Punjab Government toprevent pollutants from flowing into thewater of said rivers;

    (d) if so, details thereof and action takenby Central Government in the matter;

    (e) whether Government hasconstituted monitoring committee toexamine the level of pollutants in water ofaforesaid rivers flowing into Rajasthan; and

    (f) if so, details thereof?

    Community participation inwater conservation and

    management

    2331. SHRI SAMBHAJICHHATRAPATI: Will the Minister of JALSHAKTI be pleased to state:

    (a) whether Government has taken anyserious note of community driven waterconservation and management, in over 100regions in Rajasthan, Maharashtra, MadhyaPradesh, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Karnatakaand North-Eastern States:

    (b) if so, whether the conservation andmanagement experiments can be replicatedin other parts of the country by drawingupon an action plan;

    (c) whether Government has any planfor revival of smaller rivers which arealmost on the verge of extinction and haveturned into drains or nullahs; and

    (d) if so, the reaction of Governmentthereto?

    Construction of toilets in rural areas

    2332. SHRI NARAIN DASS GUPTA:Will the Minister of JAL SHAKTI bepleased to state:

    (a) whether it is a fact that India hasbecome Open Defecation Free as claimedby Government;

    (b) if so, the details of number of toiletsconstructed with Government funds inrural areas, State-wise; and

    (c) the details of accessibility study ofthe toilets for people living in villages?

    Water crises in Rajasthan

    2333. SHRI HARSHVARDHANSINGH DUNGARPUR: Will the Ministerof JAL SHAKTI be pleased to state:

    (a) whether Government is aware of thefact that Rajasthan has been facing an acutewater crises;

    (b) the details of measures being takenon war footing by Government to checkthe fast depleting groundwater level in theState;

    (c) whether Government proposes toregulate the sale of submersible pumps tocurb illegal extraction of groundwater; and

    (d) if so, the efforts being made to engagepeople for groundwater source restorationin the State?

    Status of groundwater and irrigationprojects

    2334. SHRI HUSAIN DALWAI: Willthe Minister of JAL SHAKTI be pleasedto state:

    (a) the details of status report and

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    components of Green Climate Fund (GCF)committed $ 43.4 million, projects in Indiafor groundwater and irrigation projects;

    (b) the status of this project inMaharashtra;

    (c) whether Government has identifiedany specific focus areas under this project;and

    (d) if so, the details thereof?

    Funds disbursed to project forHGJM

    2335. SHRI PARTAP SINGH BAJWA:Will the Minister of JAL SHAKTI bepleased to state:

    (a) whether Government has startedwork on the Har Ghar Jal Mission (HGJM);

    (b) if so, the funds disbursed till date onprojects related to the mission;

    (c) list of projects where work has begunand the estimated financial costs of theproject, along with the projectedcompletion date of the same;

    (d) steps taken by Government toensure that the quality of the water willnot harm the users; and

    (e) steps taken to ensure that theinfrastructure being bulit for the HGJMwill not lead to poisoned or impure watersupplied to the users?

    Underground water crisis

    †2336. SHRI AMAR SHANKARSABLE: Will the Minister of JAL SHAKTIbe pleased to state:

    (a) whether Government is aware of thefact that the level of underground water isgoing down continuously in major parts ofthe country;

    (b) if so, the details thereof and thereasons therefor;

    (c) the details of the efforts being madeby Government to deal with the problemsoccurring due to decline in undergroundwater table;

    (d) whether efforts are being made toexplore alternative means in respect ofunderground water use; and

    (e) if so, the details thereof and if not,the reasons therefor?

    Water stressed households

    2337. DR. VIKAS MAHATME: Willthe Minister of JAL SHAKTI be pleasedto state:

    (a) the details of number of waterstressed households in the country, state-wise;

    (b) the steps taken by Government toaddress the issue;

    (c) the steps taken by Government toreduce agriculture water distress in thecountry including States like Maharashtraand Tamil Nadu;

    (d) whether the drought affected Stateslike Maharashtra would be accordedpriority in "Har Ghal Jal Mission";

    (e) if so, the details thereof; and

    (f) if not, the reasons therefor?

    Survey on drinking water by CPCB

    2338. DR. ANIL AGRAWAL: Will theMinister of JAL SHAKTI be pleased tostate:

    (a) whether the Central PollutionControl Board and other agencies haveconducted any survey to assess thesituation of drinking water in the country;

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    (b) if so, the details thereof along withthe outcome thereof; and

    (c) the action taken by Governmentthereon?

    Contamination of heavy metals indrinking water

    2339. SHRI NEERAJ SHEKHAR: Willthe Minister of JAL SHAKTI be pleasedto state:

    (a) the details of areas in the countrythat are affected by contamination of heavymetals like arsenic, flouride, mercury etc.in drinking water as on date, State-wise;

    (b) the details of areas that were affectedby contamination of heavy metals indrinking water in areas in 2014, State-wise;

    (c) whether there are any changes i.e.increase or decrease in affected areas since2014; and

    (d) if so, the details thereof, State-wise?

    Harvesting and conservation ofdrinking water

    †2340. SHRIMATI KAHKASHANPERWEEN: Will the Minister of JALSHAKTI be pleased to state:

    (a) whether Government is seriousabout drinking water harvesting andconservation; and

    (b) if so, the details of measures takenby Government?

    Per capita availability of water

    2341. SHRI AHMED PATEL: Will theMinister of JAL SHAKTI be pleased tostate:

    (a) whether Government is aware thatthe levels of water availability per capitahas decreased drastically in the country;

    (b) if so, the details thereof for each ofthe last five years, State/UT-wise; and

    (c) the details of proposed steps takento deal with the deficit in waterconsumption and supply?

    Weak financial condition of MSMEs

    2342. SHRI P. BHATTACHARYA:Will the Minister of MICRO, SMALLAND MEDIUM ENTERPRISES bepleased to state:

    (a) whether Government is aware aboutthe weak financial condition of MSMEs,whose turnover is less than 10 crore whichare burdened by heavy dues and are unableor have refused to pay their debentures/subscriptions dues, as most of theseMSMEs are start-ups or in their nurturingstage; and

    (b) if so, remedial measures Governmenthas taken to revive the sick MSMEs in thecountry?

    Full time consultants and advisorswith the Ministry

    2343. DR. VINAY P.SAHASRABUDDHE: Will the Ministerof MICRO, SMALL AND MEDIUMENTERPRISES be pleased to state:

    (a) the number of full time consultantsand/or advisors currently working with theMinistry and it's various Departments andAutonomous Bodies/Institutions and PublicSector Organisations associated with it asof 31st August 2019;

    (b) since when they are working andthe details of total amount of honorarium/salary/fees being paid to them, Department/Institution-wise; and

    (c) the mechanism, if any, of assessingtheir performance periodically?

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    National ManufacturingCompetitiveness Programme

    2344. SHRI RANJIB BISWAL: Willthe Minister of MICRO, SMALL ANDMEDIUM ENTERPRISES be pleased tostate:

    (a) whether Government has achievedaims and objectives of NationalManufacturing CompetitivenessProgramme, if so, details thereof and if not,reasons therefor;

    (b) whether said programme and otherschemes/programmes of Government haveplayed a vital role to help micro and smallenterprises to deal with the problem of stiffcompetition from goods imported fromChina and other neighbouring countries, ifso, details thereof;

    (c) number of micro and smallenterprises which have become sick orclosed during each of the last three yearsand current year, State-wise; and

    (d) other corrective steps taken byGovernment in this direction?

    Closure of Cottage and SSIs

    †2345. SHRIMATI CHHAYAVERMA:

    SHRI VISHAMBHARPRASAD NISHAD:

    CH. SUKHRAM SINGHYADAV:

    Will the Minister of MICRO, SMALLAND MEDIUM ENTERPRISES bepleased to state:

    (a) whether Ministry has conducted anystudy to find out the number of Cottageand Small Scale Industries (SSIs) that havebeen closed from 2016 till date, if so, thedetails thereof;

    (b) whether it is a fact that a large number

    of people have become unemployed due toclosure of Cottage and Small Scale Industrieson a large scale; and

    (c) whether Government has formulatedany action plan to re-employ theunemployed people affected due to theclosure of above mentioned industries?

    Transfer of TADF scheme to otherMinistry

    2346. SHRI A. VIJAYAKUMAR: Willthe Minister of MICRO, SMALL ANDMEDIUM ENTERPRISES be pleased tostate:

    (a) whether the flagship programme,Global Innovation Technology Alliance(GITA) has transferred TechnologyAcquisition and Development Fund(TADF) scheme to the other Ministry;

    (b) if so, the details thereof;

    (c) whether many of the companieshave not been intimated or selected underGITA for grant of loan for three years; and

    (d) if so, the action taken to clear backlogof Grants which are often delayed by morethan three years?

    Grant of funds under TADF

    2347. SHRI A. VIJAYAKUMAR: Willthe Minister of MICRO, SMALL ANDMEDIUM ENTERPRISES be pleased tostate:

    (a) whether a number of projects havebeen selected for grant of funds underTechnology Acquisition and DevelopmentFund (TADF) under Global Innovation andTechnology Alliance (GITA);

    (b) if so, whether many of the projects,selected for grant, are yet to receive fundseven after three years; and

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    (c) if so, the details thereof and the actiontaken to award funds to all projects underTADF scheme?

    Contribution of manufacturing outputof MSME

    2348. SHRI RANJIB BISWAL: Willthe Minister of MICRO, SMALL ANDMEDIUM ENTERPRISES be pleased tostate:

    (a) whether contribution ofmanufacturing output of Micro, Small andMedium Enterprises (MSMEs) sector inGross Domestic Product of country hasdeclined during each of the last three yearsand the current year, if so, the details thereofalong with the reaction of Governmentthereto;

    (b) whether the MSME sector hasregistered a negative growth rate in termsof enterprises and employment in countryduring the said period, if so, the detailsthereof and reasons therefor; and

    (c) the corrective steps taken byGovernment to improve the growth andperformance of the MSME sector in thecountry?

    Expansion of Khadi retail outlets

    2349. SHRI A.K. SELVARAJ: Will theMinister of MICRO, SMALL ANDMEDIUM ENTERPRISES be pleased tostate:

    (a) whether it is a fact that the KhadiIndia is considering to expand its retailoutlets in the country;

    (b) if so, the details thereof;

    (c) whether it is also a fact that duringthe last two years, the turnover of KhadiIndia has increased owing to increaseddemand for Khadi products; and

    (d) if so, the details thereof?

    Technology Acquisition andDevelopment Fund

    2350. DR. BANDA PRAKASH: Willthe Minister of MICRO, SMALL ANDMEDIUM ENTERPRISES be pleased tostate:

    (a) whether Government had launched"Technology Acquisition and DevelopmentFund" (TADF) in November, 2015;

    (b) whether the schemes are beingextended in respect of Micro, Small andMedium Enterprises (MSMEs) for theacquisition and development of clean andgreen technology to bridge the technologicalgap at an affordable cost; and

    (c) if so, the details of implementationunder the National Manufacturing Policyand related incentives extended to theMSMEs in the country, includingTelangana, State-wise?

    Delayed payment for MSMEservices

    2351. SHRI RAJKUMAR DHOOT:Will the Minister of MICRO, SMALLAND MEDIUM ENTERPRISES bepleased to state:

    (a) whether Government is aware thatthe biggest problem faced by Micro, Smalland Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) sectoris the delayed payment for servicesdelivered by it to the clients;

    (b) if so, the details thereof; and

    (c) the details of remedial measuresGovernment has taken or proposes to takein the matter?

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    Increasing export throughMSMEs

    †2352. SHRI RAM SHAKAL: Will theMinister of MICRO, SMALL ANDMEDIUM ENTERPRISES be pleased tostate:

    (a) whether Government is consideringa policy of increasing export through Micro,Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs)and encourage domestic production as analternative to import;

    (b) if so, the details thereof;

    (c) whether the contribution of MSMEssector in the economical growth of countryis 29 per cent whereas 48 per cent of totalexport is carried out through MSMEssector, if so, details thereof;

    (d) the measures being adopted toenhance contribution of MSMEs sector ineconomic growth of country and to promoteexport; and

    (e) the measures being adopted toincrease international competition with helpof MSMEs sector?

    Loans to MSMEs

    2353. SHRI K.T.S. TULSI: Will theMinister of MICRO, SMALL ANDMEDIUM ENTERPRISES be pleased tostate:

    (a) whether Government has come upwith any policy/scheme to provide loansto Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises(MSMEs) at lower interest rates andrelaxed conditions of credit as compared tocommercial loans; and

    (b) if so, the details thereof and if not,the reasons therefor?

    MSMEs affected due to financialcrisis

    †2354. SHRI P.L. PUNIA: Will theMinister of MICRO, SMALL ANDMEDIUM ENTERPRISES be pleased tostate:

    (a) whether it is a fact that variousprogrammes and schemes have beenaffected due to financial crisis in MSMEsector, if so, the details thereof and thedetails of lack of funds according to need;and

    (b) the details of credit required in shortterm by MSME and the details of sourcesfrom which arrangement of funds is beingmade?

    Contribution of MSMEs to GDP

    2355. SHRI TIRUCHI SIVA: Will theMinister of MICRO, SMALL ANDMEDIUM ENTERPRISES be pleased tostate:

    (a) the contribution of Micro, Smalland Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) tothe GDP of India for the years, 2016-17,2017-18 and 2018-19, year-wise; and

    (b) the number of jobs created by theMSMEs for the said period?

    Employment opportunities in MSMEs

    2356. KUMARI SELJA:DR. AMEE YAJNIK:SHRI RAJMANI PATEL:

    Will the Minister of MICRO, SMALLAND MEDIUM ENTERPRISES bepleased to state:

    (a) whether Micro, Small and MediumEnterprises (MSMEs) sector has emergedas a highly vibrant and dynamic sector of

    †Original notice of the question received in Hindi.

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    the Indian economy that has immensepotential in employment generation and ifso, details thereof;

    (b) whether a large number ofemployment opportunities are being createdwith the use of relatively less capital in theMSME sector and if so, the details thereof,State-wise; and

    (c) details of action taken byGovernment to boost the MSME sectorby framing favourable policies along withmeasures taken to make MSMEs a majorattraction for investment and job creationin the country?

    Productive functioning of KVIC

    2357. SHRI SANJAY SETH: Will theMinister of MICRO, SMALL ANDMEDIUM ENTERPRISES be pleased tostate:

    (a) whether Government has beensuccessful in achieving its objective ofsetting up the Khadi and Village IndustriesCommission (KVIC);

    (b) if so, the details thereof and if not,the reasons therefor and the action takenby Government in this regard; and

    (c) whether Government hasundertaken/proposes to undertake a reviewof the functioning of KVIC to make it moreproductive and result-oriented and if so,the details and the outcome thereof?

    Redefinition of MSME based onturnover

    2358. SHRIMATI WANSUK SYIEM:Will the Minister of MICRO, SMALLAND MEDIUM ENTERPRISES bepleased to state:

    (a) whether the Micro, Small andMedium Enterprises (MSMEs) sector hascome out strongly against Government's

    proposed move to redefine the segmentbased on a company's turnover instead ofinvestment in plant and machinery;

    (b) whether MSME sector feels thatwith proposed benchmark of turnoverrather than on investments in plant andmachinery, there will be no differencebetween manufacturers and traders, withbenefits accruing to both; and

    (c) whether traders' bodies like 'LaghuUdyog Bharati' and the 'Swadeshi JagranManch' have come out strongly against thismove and if so, Government's reactionthereto?

    Steps taken to counter Chinese goodsby Khadi India

    2359. SHRI A.K. SELVARAJ: Will theMinister of MICRO, SMALL ANDMEDIUM ENTERPRISES be pleased tostate:

    (a) whether it is a fact that the KhadiIndia has taken several steps to help incountering Chinese goods in many parts ofthe country;

    (b) if so, the details thereof;

    (c) whether it is also a fact that KhadiIndia is committed to cooperate with all topreserve traditional art and craft of thepeople in many parts of the country; and

    (d) if so, the details thereof?

    Sand Mining Policy

    2360. SHRI KANAKAMEDALARAVINDRA KUMAR: Will the Ministerof MINES be pleased to state:

    (a) whether Government is aware of thefact that there is a lack of coherent SandMining Policy across the countryparticularly in the State of Andhra Pradesh;

    (b) if so, the details thereof;

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    (c) whether Government is also awareof the fact that due to lack of a coherentSand Mining Policy, more than 50 sandlabourers have committed suicide,particularly in the State of Andhra Pradesh;and

    (d) if so, the details thereof?

    Extraction of minerals in AndhraPradesh

    2361. SHRI V. VIJAYASAI REDDY:Will the Minister of MINES be pleased tostate:

    (a) the details of major minerals availablein the State of Andhra Pradesh;

    (b) the details of minerals and naturalresources that Government extracts fromthe State of Andhra Pradesh;

    (c) the details of royalty being paid foreach of such natural resource;

    (d) the time when the last revision ofroyalty was made for each of the aboveminerals; and

    (e) the steps Government has taken/proposed to take to revise royalty of aboveminerals?

    Exploration of minerals in Manipur

    2362. SHRI K. BHABANANDASINGH: Will the Minister of MINES bepleased to state:

    (a) whether Government has done anysurvey to explore minerals available inManipur;

    (b) whether it is a fact that petroleumand chromite were found in that survey;

    (c) if so, whether any effort was madeto commercially extract these minerals; and

    (d) if not, the reasons therefor?

    Disparity in airfares for Haj

    2363. SHRI AHAMED HASSAN: Willthe Minister of MINORITY AFFAIRS bepleased to state:

    (a) whether it is a fact that whilerevoking the Haj subsidy Government hadstated that several cost cutting measureswill be taken and facilities for the pilgrimswill be improved and a committee was alsoformed in this regard, if so, the detailsthereof; and

    (b) reasons for high disparity in airfaresfrom different cities of India for Haj?

    Housing issues of minorities

    2364. SHRI HUSAIN DALWAI: Willthe Minister of MINORITY AFFAIRS bepleased to state:

    (a) whether Government has conductedany credible study to set up a legalmechanism to address complaints ofdiscrimination against minorities withrespect to denial of housing to Muslims innon-Muslims localities, if so, detailsthereof;

    (b) details of existing schemes for theimprovement of housing for minoritycommunities to prevent discrimination;

    (c) details of funds allocated/sanctionedand utilized for this purpose during each ofthe last two years and the current year; and

    (d) whether Government proposes tohave any further programme for theupliftment of the minority communities, ifso, details thereof and if not, the reasonstherefor?

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    Financial asistance to Madrasas andMaktabs

    2365. SHRIMATI JHARNA DASBAIDYA: Will the Minister ofMINORITY AFFAIRS be pleased to state:

    (a) the number and details of Madrasasand Maktabs operating in the country,State-wise;

    (b) the details of funds allocated in thelast two years for the financial assistanceof Madrasas and Maktabs; and

    (c) the steps taken so far to establishmore Madrasas and Maktabs for thebetterment of children?

    Free coaching to minority students

    2366. SHRI K. SOMAPRASAD: Willthe Minister of MINORITY AFFAIRS bepleased to state:

    (a) the details of coaching institutionsproviding free coaching to minoritystudents in the country, State-wise;

    (b) the details of the students who havebenefited under scholarship, free coachingand allied schemes during the last two yearsand the current year, State-wise; and

    (c) the details of funds allocated for thispurpose during 2014-19, State-wiseincluding Kerala?

    Pedestrians killed in road accidents

    2367. SHRI M.P. VEERENDRAKUMAR: Will the Minister of ROADTRANSPORT AND HIGHWAYS bepleased to state:

    (a) whether the number of pedestrianskilled in road accidents has increased in thecountry;

    (b) if so, the details thereof during eachof the last three years, State-wise and thereasons therefor; and

    (c) the steps taken/being taken by

    Government to prevent such cases ofpedestrians getting killed on the roads?

    Accidents on NHs caused bymovement of wild animals

    †2368. SHRIMATI SAMPATIYAUIKEY:

    CH. SUKHRAM SINGHYADAV:

    SHRI VISHAMBHARPRASAD NISHAD:

    SHRIMATI CHHAYAVERMA:

    Will the Minister of ROADTRANSPORT AND HIGHWAYS bepleased to state:

    (a) whether accidents are taking placedue to movement of wild and abandonedanimals on the National Highways (NHs),which causes untimely death of animals aswell as human beings;

    (b) the details of the accidents whichhave taken place on NHs, caused bymovement of such animals;

    (c) whether the dead bodies of suchanimals keep on lying at NHs and bodyparts are scattered around on the roads orgetting crushed under the vehicles; and

    (d) the details of steps taken to removedead bodies of such animals from the NHs?

    Construction of NHs and bypasses

    2369. SHRI VIJAY PAL SINGHTOMAR:

    DR. L.HANUMANTHAIAH:

    DR. AMEE YAJNIK:SHRI RAJMANI PATEL:

    Will the Minister of ROADTRANSPORT AND HIGHWAYS bepleased to state:

    (a) the details of proposals received forconstruction of National Highways (NHs)

    †Original notice of the question received in Hindi.

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    and bypasses from various States, State-wise in the last five years includingKarnataka and Madhya Pradesh;

    (b) the details of the pending proposalsof different States and by when, theseproposals are likely to be approved;

    (c) whether there is any plan forconstruction of any National Highway orbypass in the various States includingKarnataka and Madhya Pradesh; and

    (d) if so, the details thereof?

    Deaths due to road trafficaccidents

    2370. DR. ANBUMANIRAMADOSS: Will the Minister of ROADTRANSPORT AND HIGHWAYS bepleased to state:

    (a) whether the number of road trafficaccidents and the number of deaths due toroad traffic accidents have increased in theyear 2018 as compared to previous years,if so, the details thereof;

    (b) whether measures have been takento prevent drunken driving, as studies haveshown that drunken driving is associatedwith high incidence of road traffic accidents;and

    (c) if so, the details thereof?

    Use of plastic waste in roadconstruction

    2371. SHRI RAJEEVCHANDRASEKHAR: Will the Ministerof ROAD TRANSPORT ANDHIGHWAYS be pleased to state:

    (a) the steps being taken byGovernment to use plastic waste in roadconstruction in the country, after it wasmade mandatory in 2015;

    (b) whether eco-friendly initiative ofusing plastic waste in road construction iseconomically feasible;

    (c) whether Government has studied/assessed the impact of such roads andwhether Government intends to replacebitumen with plastic waste in future; and

    (d) if so, the details thereof?

    Fixing of liabilities for insurancecompanies under MV Act, 2019

    2372. SHRI KUMAR KETKAR: Willthe Minister of ROAD TRANSPORTAND HIGHWAYS be pleased to state:

    (a) whether Motor Vehicles(Amendment) Act, 2019 MV Act isrestricting the amount recoverable from theinsurance companies by providing theprovision of fixing maximum liability bythe insurance companies;

    (b) whether victim of an accident wouldbe provided with unlimited liability cover;and

    (c) whether Government has any planor roadmap, as to how they are going toimplement the provisions relating tomedical facilities to accident victims andensuring the provision of safe and secureroads?

    Progress of 'BharatmalaProject'

    †2373. DR. KIRODI LAL MEENA:Will the Minister of ROAD TRANSPORTAND HIGHWAYS be pleased to state:

    (a) whether Government isimplementing 'Bharatmala Project' toconstruct roads spanning 25,000 kilometersfor border areas, coastal areas, religious andtourist places; and

    †Original notice of the question received in Hindi.

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    (b) if so, the current status of theprogress of the project and the target set tocomplete the said work?

    Sale of BS-VI norm vehicles

    2374. DR. KANWAR DEEP SINGH:Will the Minister of ROAD TRANSPORTAND HIGHWAYS be pleased to state:

    (a) whether Government proposes tointroduce sale of BS-VI norm vehiclesshortly to curb pollution across the countryand if so, the details thereof;

    (b) whether the Hon'ble Supreme Courthas barred BS-IV vehicles to ply on roadafter April 1st, 2020 and turned down theplea of the Government and automobileindustry for extension of time to enablethem to sell their existing stock of vehicles;and

    (c) if so, the steps taken or being takenin this regard by Government to help theautomobile industry which is already reelingunder great losses?

    Status of work on Palasa Project inOdisha

    2375. SHRI BHASKAR RAONEKKANTI: Will the Minister of ROADTRANSPORT AND HIGHWAYS bepleased to state:

    (a) the details of and the present statusof work on Palasa Paralakhmundi-Ramanguda-Bisakkatak-Mungada-Bhawanipatna Project in Odisha; and

    (b) the time by which the said project islikely to be completed?

    Irregularities in constructionof NH-29

    2376. SHRI RAVI PRAKASHVERMA: Will the Minister of ROAD

    TRANSPORT AND HIGHWAYS bepleased to refer to answer to UnstarredQuestion 731 given in Rajya Sabha on17th December, 2018 and state:

    (a) the details of third party whichconducted tests of construction materialsalong with the details of tests conducted;

    (b) the details of approved quarry alongwith the details of movement in this regard;

    (c) the details of the tests conducted byAuthority Engineer/Authorized Engineer;and

    (d) the reasons for shielding the corruptofficials when concrete proofs forirregularities are available in public domain?

    Modifications in Motor Vehicles Act,2019

    2377. SHRI DHARMAPURISRINIVAS: Will the Minister of ROADTRANSPORT AND HIGHWAYS bepleased to state:

    (a) whether Government has receivedany representation from All India MotorTransport Association (AIMTA)requesting for bringing modifications in theMotor Vehicles Act, 2019 with regard toReduction of Traffic Violation Charges, TollPlaza Rates, Diesel Rates, Third PartyInsurance Rates, etc.;

    (b) if so, the details thereof; and

    (c) whether Government has taken anyaction on the request, if so, the detailsthereof, if not, the reasons therefor?

    Steps to solve traffic and parkingproblems

    2378. SHRI HISHEY LACHUNGPA:Will the Minister of ROAD TRANSPORTAND HIGHWAYS be pleased to state:

    (a) whether Government has taken anyfresh initiative to look at the bludgeoningtraffic and parking related problems being

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    faced by the people especially in themetropolitan cities in different parts of thecountry;

    (b) if so, the details thereof; and

    (c) if not, the reasons therefor?

    Pathetic condition of road fromBegusarai to Sahebpur

    Kamal

    †2379. SHRI RAKESH SINHA: Willthe Minister of ROAD TRANSPORTAND HIGHWAYS be pleased to state:

    (a) the officer/agency responsible forthe pathetic condition of the road fromBegusarai to Sahebpur Kamal on NH-31;

    (b) whether Government would initiateinvestigation against the officer or agencyresponsible for it; and

    (c) the number of road accidents thathappened on the said road on NH-31 dueto its pathetic condition?

    Visit to NDMC areas by State officialsto study roads

    2380. SHRI B. LINGAIAH YADAV:Will the Minister of ROAD TRANSPORTAND HIGHWAYS be pleased to state:

    (a) whether Greater HyderabadMunicipal Corporation (GHMC) officialsof Hyderabad, Telangana visited New DelhiMunicipal Corporation (NDMC) areas inDelhi to study roads;

    (b) if so, the details thereof and outcomethereof along with future action planprepared; and

    (c) the action plan prepared fordevelopment and change of roads includingfor draining and underground water system

    especially when the heavy rainfall occursin the Hyderabad city as many a time thesaid city was inundated and incurred hugelosses?

    Inter-State connectivity project

    2381. SHRI PARIMAL NATHWANI:Will the Minister of ROAD TRANSPORTAND HIGHWAYS be pleased to state:

    (a) the total number of projects underinter-State connectivity project lyingincomplete at present;

    (b) the date by which the said projectsare likely to be completed;

    (c) whether Government has providedfinancial assistance to the StateGovernments for the construction of inter-State bridges and roads that are importantfrom economic perspective during the lastthree years till date and if so, the detailsthereof, State-wise and year-wise,particularly in respect of Jharkhand andGujarat; and

    (d) the names of the States proposed tobe provided financial assistance in thisregard during the current year?

    Loss caused due to accidents

    †2382. SHRI LAL SINH VADODIA:Will the Minister of ROAD TRANSPORTAND HIGHWAYS be pleased to state:

    (a) whether it is a fact that great financialloss is caused due to increasing number ofaccidents in the country;

    (b) if so, whether Government isconsidering to take any special steps toprevent the recurrence; and

    (c) if so, the details of action plan thereofand if not, the reasons therefor?

    †Original notice of the question received in Hindi.

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    Drivers' Training Institutes

    2383. KUMARI SELJA: Will theMinister of ROAD TRANSPORT ANDHIGHWAYS be pleased to state:

    (a) whether Government is aware thatmore than 25 per cent of the driversinvolved in the road accidents did not havevalid driver's license;

    (b) if so, the details thereof, State/UT-wise;

    (c) the number of Driver TrainingInstitutes run by Government, State/UT-wise; and

    (d) the details of the amount of fundsallocated and utilised in driver training anddriver awareness, State/UT-wise?

    Exemption for local people at NH tollplazas

    †2384. SHRIMATI SAMPATIYAUIKEY:

    CH. SUKHRAM SINGHYADAV:

    SHRIMATI CHHAYAVERMA:

    SHRI VISHAMBHARPRASAD NISHAD:

    Will the Minister of ROADTRANSPORT AND HIGHWAYS bepleased to state:

    (a) the number of places where trafficjam is caused on National Highways due totoll plazas and the number of Fastags issuedwhich enable vehicles to uninterruptedlypass through the toll plazas;

    (b) whether Government is consideringto exempt the movement of agriculturalvehicles of local farmers through toll plazason NHs;

    (c) whether Government is consideringto exempt the vehicles of the local people

    for their uninterrupted movement throughtoll plazas; and

    (d) the number of toll plazas where theexemption is being given for the movementof local vehicles?

    Steps to monitor toll fees

    2385. SHRI VIJAY PAL SINGHTOMAR:

    LT. GEN. (DR.) D.P. VATS(RETD.):

    SHRI HARNATH SINGHYADAV:

    Will the Minister of ROADTRANSPORT AND HIGHWAYS bepleased to state:

    (a) whether any action has been takenby Government to decrease the everincreasing toll prices/fees at various tollplazas situated at various NationalHighways and Expressways; and

    (b) whether any proper monitoringsystem has been put in place to track thepayments/annual collections of toll fees onthese National Highways andExpressways?

    Connecting North-East regionthrough alternative water

    route

    2386. DR. PRABHAKAR KORE: Willthe Minister of SHIPPING be pleased tostate:

    (a) whether Government proposes toconnect North-East region through analternative water route;

    (b) if so, the details of the plan andprojects thereon; and

    (c) the details of time target forimplementation of the proposed plan?

    †Original notice of the question received in Hindi.

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    Mumbai Port Trust RedevelopmentProject

    2387. SHRI KUMAR KETKAR: Willthe Minister of SHIPPING be pleased tostate:

    (a) whether Government is planning toredevelop Mumbai Port Trust (MPT) landin Mumbai, if so, the details thereof andthe reasons therefor;

    (b) whether MPT, BrihanmumbaiMunicipal Corporation or privatedevelopers are involved in thisredevelopment plan;

    (c) exact area of land owned by MPT;

    (d) the categories and activities intowhich the land is divided;

    (e) whether Government has plannedrehabilitation of existing occupants i.e.leaseholders/tenants/slum dwellers etc.;

    (f) if so, report thereof;

    (g) if not, compensation Governmenthas fixed thereof; and

    (h) whether Government would retainexisting employees of MPT, if not, whethercompensation has been fixed?

    Status of operational waterways

    2388. DR. ASHOK BAJPAI: Will theMinister of SHIPPING be pleased to state:

    (a) whether Government has completedand made operational some waterwaysduring the last five years;

    (b) if so, the details thereof ; and

    (c) the number and length of waterwaysto be made operational during the next fiveyears?

    Rise in cargo traffic at ports

    2389. SHRI A. MOHAMMEDJAN:Will the Minister of SHIPPING be pleasedto state:

    (a) whether it is a fact that 12 majorports of the country witnessed a huge risein cargo traffic during the last fiscal;

    (b) if so, the details thereof;

    (c) whether it is also a fact that thegrowth was mainly attributed to increasein handling of coal, mainly coking coal,containers and petroleum, oil and lubricants;and

    (d) if so, the details thereof?

    Privatisation of Kolkata and HaldiaPort

    2390. SHRI RITABRATA BANERJEE:Will the Minister of SHIPPING be pleasedto state:

    (a) whether it is a fact that Governmenthas decided to privatise the Kolkata andHaldia Port; and

    (b) if so, the details thereof and if not,the reasons therefor?

    Upgradation of Ports

    2391. SHRI ASHWINIVAISHNAW:

    DR. VIKAS MAHATME:SHRIMATI VIJILA

    SATHYANANTH:

    Will the Minister of SHIPPING bepleased to state:

    (a) the expenditure incurred onupgradation of ports and harbours in the

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    country during each of the last three years;and

    (b) the facilities that were created duringthe said period?

    Ganga waterway from Varanasi toHaldia

    †2392. SHRI RAM NATH THAKUR:Will the Minister of SHIPPING be pleasedto state:

    (a) whether efforts are being made tomake the Ganga waterway from Varanasito Haldia suitable for freight to promoteshipping activities;

    (b) whether it is a fact that the waterlevel in the Ganges is quite low, speciallyin summer season, at many places, alongthe route; and

    (c) if so, the details of Governments'plan to deal with this challenge and desiltingof river bed, in this regard?

    Funds for various schemes related toyouth and sports

    2393. DR. AMEE YAJNIK:SHRI VIJAY PAL SINGH

    TOMAR:SHRI HARNATH SINGH

    YADAV:LT. GEN. (DR.) D.P. VATS

    (RETD.):SHRI RAJMANI PATEL:

    Will the Minister of YOUTH AFFAIRSAND SPORTS be pleased to state:

    (a) whether adequate funds are availablefor the implementation of various schemes/programmes for the benefit/welfare of youthand sports activities in the country;

    (b) if so, the details thereof; and

    (c) the action taken by Government to

    expand the scope of various schemes in thecountry?

    Setting up new sports academies

    2394. SHRI D. KUPENDRA REDDY:Will the Minister of YOUTH AFFAIRSAND SPORTS be pleased to state:

    (a) whether Government plans to setup new sports academies in various Statesof the country;

    (b) if so, the details thereof along withthe details of sports academies set up sofar and proposed to be set up in the comingyears, State-wise;

    (c) whether these sports academies arefully funded by Government; and

    (d) if so, the details thereof and if not,the reason therefor?

    Jawaharlal Nehru National YouthCentres

    †2395. SHRIMATI KANTAKARDAM: Will the Minister of YOUTHAFFAIRS AND SPORTS be pleased tostate:

    (a) the details of the funds allocated/released and spent for Jawaharlal NehruNational Youth Centres (JNNYCs) duringthe last five years, State-wise, includingUttar Pradesh;

    (b) whether Government is planning toopen more JNNYCs in the various Statesof the country including Uttar Pradesh; and

    (c) if so, the number of new JNNYCsapproved along with the details thereof?

    Reservation for local youth in jobs

    2396. SHRI VAIKO: Will the Ministerof YOUTH AFFAIRS AND SPORTS bepleased to state:

    (a) whether it is a fact that Government

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    of Andhra Pradesh has brought an Actproviding for 75 per cent reservation tolocal youth in industries and factories andto impart training to eligible candidates forbridging the skill gap;

    (b) if so, whether Government isprepared to bring such a Bill for makingreservation for local youth in all industriesand factories and also in Public-PrivatePartnership Projects and if so, by when;and

    (c) if not, details of measures taken orproposed to be taken to provide jobs tolocal youth in industries and factories?

    Construction of stadiumsby SAI

    2397. SHRI PARIMAL NATHWANI:Will the Minister of YOUTH AFFAIRSAND SPORTS be pleased to state:

    (a) the number of stadiums/regionalcentres functioning under the SportsAuthority of India (SAI) at present, State/UT-wise;

    (b) the number of stadiums, hostels andregional centres under SAI whereconstruction work is under progress, State/UT-wise;

    (c) whether SAI is implementing anypromotional schemes across the countryto identify talented sportspersons and tonurture them to excel at national andinternational competitions and if so, thedetails thereof; and

    (d) the number of talented sportspersons who are provided regular sportstraining under the sports promotionalschemes, sports-wise?

    Emphasis on sports in new educationpolicy

    2398. SHRI SUSHIL KUMARGUPTA: Will the Minister of YOUTHAFFAIRS AND SPORTS be pleased tostate:

    (a) whether the Ministry has requestedthe Ministry of Human ResourceDevelopment (HRD) or Central Board ofSecondary Education (CBSE) to ensurethat sports becomes a substantial part ofeducation to determine the achievement ofa student;

    (b) whether it is a fact that PrimeMinister has already announced setting upa Board for Sports Education;

    (c) whether the Ministry has requestedt