Questions asked in Budget Session – 2017
STARRED QUESTION NO: 172
ANSWERED ON: 14.03.2017
Environment Related Offences
Will the Minister of
HOME AFFAIRS be pleased to state:-
(a) whether the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) compiles data on environment related offences and if so, the details thereof including the number of violations registered under various Acts during the last three years, Act and State-wise;
(b) whether NCRB data suffers from under-reporting and inadequate coverage of laws whose violation would constitute a crime against the environment and if so, the details thereof;
(c) the action taken by the Government to improve the enforcement mechanism to implement laws related to protection of environment; and
(d) whether his Ministry and the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change have undertaken adequate consultations to increase the coverage of environmental violations and if so, the details thereof?
MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF HOME AFFAIRS
(SHRI HANSRAJ GANGARAM AHIR)
(a) to (d): A Statement is laid on the Table of the House.
STATEMENT REFERRED TO IN REPLY TO THE LOK SABHA STARRED QUESTION NO.*172 FOR 14.3.2017.
(a): Yes, Madam. National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) has started publishing a separate chapter on environment related offences (which includes cases registered under the Forest Act, 1927, the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972, the Environmental (Protection) Act, 1986, the Air (Prevention & Control of Pollution) Act, 1974 and the Water (Prevention & Control of Pollution) Act, 1974 in its annual report ‘Crime in India’ since 2014 only. As per available information, 5,835 cases in 2014 and 5,156 cases in 2015 were registered under environment related offences. Act wise and State/UT-wise data during 2014 & 2015 is enclosed as Annexure– A & B respectively.
(b): NCRB collects, compiles and publishes police recorded crime data as reported by States/UTs.
(c): The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MOEF&CC) accords prior environmental clearance for projects listed in the schedule of Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Notification, 2006 (and its
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amendments). Violations of the environmental norms issued for development projects are monitored by ten Regional Offices of the Ministry and by State/UT Pollution Control Board/Committee or any other concerned Central/State agencies. The Ministry sets up standard for emission and effluent discharge. The Ministry prescribes effluent discharge norms/standards for different industries stricter. The Ministry has mandated installation of continuous monitoring system for highly polluting 17 category of industries.
d): MoEF&CC administers various Acts/Rules/Notifications for preservation, conservation, protection and improvement of environment. The Ministry regularly updates these notifications to meet the best possible standards after consultations with experts and stakeholders. National Green Tribunal (NGT) has been set up to enforce legal rights relating to environment and give relief or compensation to affected persons.
STARRED QUESTION NO: 239
ANSWERED ON: 17.03.2017
SUNIL KUMAR SINGH
Will the Minister of
HEALTH AND FAMILY WELFARE be pleased to state:-
Will the Minister of HEALTH AND FAMILY WELFARE be pleased to state:
(a) the details of Phase-II of the Mission Indradhanush along with its objectives, salient features and the targets set and achieved thereunder;
(b) the funds allocated, sanctioned and utilised under Phase-II of the said mission;
(c) whether the Government has launched Phase-III of the aforementioned mission and if so, the details thereof along with the funds allocated and sanctioned thereunder;
(d) whether irregularities/ malpractices/ complaints including use of expired
medicines have been noticed/ received under Mission Indradhanush and if so, the details thereof along with the corrective measures taken/being taken by the Government in this regard; and
(e) the number of children and women vaccinated in the last one year, State/UTwise along with the break-up of funds allocated, released and utilised by the States/ UTs in the last one year for immunisation, disease-wise?
THE MINISTER OF HEALTH AND FAMILY WELFARE
(SHRI JAGAT PRAKASH NADDA)
(a) to (e): A statement is laid on the Table of the House.
STATEMENT REFERRED TO IN REPLY TO LOK SABHA
STARRED QUESTION NO. 239* FOR 17TH MARCH, 2017
(a) The Phase-II of Mission Indradhnaush was launched on 7th October 2015 with the objective to cover the unvaccinated and partially vaccinated children in 352 districts across 34 state/UTs. During this phase, week-long intensified immunization drives were held across these districts starting from 7th of every month for four consecutive months. Mission Indradhanush aims to increase the full immunization coverage amongst children to more than 90% by 2020. During Phase-II, a total of 71.60 lakh children were reached of which 18.55 lakh children were fully immunized. Further, 17.03 lakh pregnant women were also vaccinated with Tetanus toxoid.
(b) No separate funds are allocated for Mission Indradhanush. The funds of routine immunization are utilized for Mission Indradhanush activities.
(c) Phase-III of Mission Indradhanush was launched on 7th April 2016 and was completed in July 2016. During phase-III, a total of 61.84 lakh children were reached of which 16.28 lakh children were fully immunized. Further, 17.78 lakh pregnant women were also vaccinated with Tetanus toxoid. As stated above, no separate funds are allocated for phase III of Mission Indradhanush.
(d) No report of irregularities/malpractices/complaints including that of use of expired medicines has been received under Mission Indradhanush. Hence, question of corrective measures does not arise.
(e) In the year 2015-16, a total of 2.26 crore children were fully immunized and around 2.34 crore pregnant women were vaccinated with two doses/booster dose of Tetanus toxoid. The state/UT-wise details of funds allocated, released and utilised are given at Annexure-1. The disease-wise details of number of children vaccinated are given at Annexure-2.
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO: 1632
ANSWERED ON: 10.03.2017
Direct Commercial Sales Contracts
Will the Minister of
DEFENCE be pleased to state:-
(a) the salient features of Direct Commercial Sales (DCS) contracts and Foreign Military Sales (FMS) agreement;
(b) whether the Government has signed DCS contracts and FMS agreements with countries during each of the last three years; and
(c) if so, the details thereof, year-wise and country-wise?
MINISTER OF STATE (DR. SUBHASH BHAMRE)
IN THE MINISTRY OF DEFENCE
(a) to (c): The term Direct Commercial Sales (DCS) and Foreign Military Sales (FMS) pertain to the procedures for supply of defence equipment by a foreign Government (USA). These procedures are applicable for procurement of defence equipment for the Indian Armed Forces through the US Government (FMS) and from US Vendors (DCS). In the last 3 years, 12 such agreements / contracts have been concluded for procurement of defence equipment from the US.
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO: 2080
ANSWERED ON: 15.03.2017
Survey by NSSO
Will the Minister of
STATISTICS AND PROGRAMME IMPLEMENTATION be pleased to state:-
(a) whether sample surveys undertaken by National Sample Survey Office (NSSO) are conducted through contractual staff;
(b) if so, the details thereof including the number of employees hired on a contractual basis and the reasons for hiring them;
(c) whether it is a fact that sample surveys conducted by contractual staff has affected the quality of data collected by them; and
(d) if so, the reaction of the Government thereto and the action taken to minimize the margin of error in data collection?
MINISTER FOR STATISTICS AND PROGRAMME IMPLEMENTATION [SHRI D.V. SADANANDA GOWDA]
(a) and (b): The sample surveys undertaken by National Sample Survey Office (NSSO) are conducted primarily through its regular staff. Contractual staff are engaged against the shortage of regular staff (i.e. vacancy against sanctioned post of regular staff) and requirement of manpower for ad-hoc surveys undertaken in addition to regular surveys of NSSO. Scheme-wise details of contractual staff engaged for data collection in the on-going surveys are mentioned in the statement given at Annexure.
(c) and (d): To ensure that quality of data/survey is not adversely affected by engagement of the contractual manpower, field investigators having required qualification/experience are engaged for the surveys. Further, these Field Investigators are given extensive training both theoretical as well as practical in local languages before deployment to collect data. There is also a system of inspection/supervision and scrutiny of data by senior officers to check and ensure the quality of data and monitor the working of Field Investigators during data collection.
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO: 2340
ANSWERED ON: 16.03.2017
Construction of Toilets
Will the Minister of
DRINKING WATER AND SANITATION be pleased to state:-
(a) whether the Swachh Bharat Mission, the scheme for building toilets is also accompanied by the provisions for running water to carry the sludge to a common dumping ground and if so, the details thereof;
(b) the manner in which the waste generated is treated;
(c) whether there are septic tanks to treat the sewage; and
(d) if so, the details thereof, State/UT-wise?
MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF DRINKING WATER & SANITATION
(SHRI RAMESH CHANDAPPA JIGAJINAGI)
(a) and (b) Under Swachh Bharat Mission (Gramin), measures are taken to prevent open defecation and to provide safe disposal of human excreta. This can be done through on-site toilet technologies such as twin-leach pit that do not require underground sewerage system and are much cheaper and equally effective. The choice of technology lies with the end-user, as long as it ensures safe disposal of human excreta.
(c) and (d) State/UT-wise, number of toilets with Septic Tank as per Census 2011 is at Annexure-1.