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The Hazardous Waste (Management, Handling and Transboundary Movement) Rules 2008 do not permit import of any kind of hazardous waste for disposal in India. Insofar as ships coming to Alang shipyard for breaking are concerned, beaching permission is granted to any foreign ship only after taking into account the provisions of these Rules. No ship is allowed for breaking in India without proper consent of the concerned authority or the State Maritime Board (SMB) stating that the ship does not contain any toxic substances. This consent is issued in consultation with Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB), State Pollution Control Board (SPCB) and Custom authorities. If any material is found embedded to any ship, it is fully decontaminated by experts before taking that ship for breaking. Even if any minuscule quantity was left unnoticed during decontamination, it is ensured that they are disposed of in an environmentally safe manner through Treatment and Safe Disposal Facilities set up for this purpose.

No specific violation of any international law has been brought to the notice of Ministry of Shipping.

This information was given by Minister of State for Ministry of Shipping Shri Pon Radhakrishnan in a written reply in Lok Sabha today.

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Government decides to set up two new major ports

The Government has decided to set up two new major ports, one each at Sagar in West Bengal and the other at Dugarajapatnam in Nellore district of Andhra Pradesh.

This information was given by Minister of State for Ministry of Shipping Shri Pon Radhakrishnan in a written reply in Lok Sabha today.

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Revival of Ports

The Government and Major Ports propose to optimally utilize the lands vested with the Ports including Mumbai Port.

Ministry of Shipping has constituted a Committee for Development of Mumbai Port Eastern and Western Water Front and Ports Land for the following.

(i) Preparation of a vision for Development of the Eastern Water Front and Western Water front in Mumbai Port Jurisdiction with focus on city needs and decongestion of transportation modes,

(ii) Strategy for Development and Rejuvenation in line with Supreme Court Judgment of 2004 and 2006.

(iii) Advise on legal bottlenecks and introduction of new legal provisions, and

(iv) Suggest Institutional mechanism for implementation.

All the ports have been asked to prepare their Master Plan and to study optimization of operations and maximization of profits.

This information was given by Minister of State for Ministry of Shipping Shri Pon Radhakrishnan in a written reply in Lok Sabha today.

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DRY PORTS

Interaction with the concerned stakeholders including the Shipping industry and resolving the issues raised by them is an ongoing process. In consultation with the stakeholders necessary modification in the Tariff Guidelines are made from time to time to promote the development of the Port sector.

To allow the competitive market forces to play a greater role in determination of tariff at Major Port Trusts, the Government have issued two new policy guidelines viz. Guidelines for Determination of Tariff for Projects at Major Ports, 2013 and Guidelines for Determination of Tariff for Major Port Trusts, 2015. These guidelines impart flexibility to the PPP operators in the Major Ports and Major Ports owned terminals in determining their tariff, subject to a ceiling rate.

In order to make the shipping industry more attractive and competitive, Indian shipping industry has been provided cargo support. This is presently being done through Right of First Refusal policy of FOB import for government owned/controlled cargoes. In the Union Budget 2014-15, Government has increased the abatement of service tax from 50% to 60%. With this change, only 40% of the value of the service for transportation of goods by vessels would be subject to levy of service tax. Government has taken a policy decision to allow shipping enterprises based in India to acquire ships abroad and also flag them in the country of their convenience. Recently, Government has exempted Customs and Excise Duty leviable on bunker fuels used in Indian flag vessels for transportation of EXIM and empty containers along the coast.

This information was given by Minister of State for Ministry of Shipping Shri Pon Radhakrishnan in a written reply in Lok Sabha today.

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Training Programmes by NSDC

Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Skill Development & Entrepreneurship Shri Rajiv Pratap Rudy has said that the National Skill development corporation has formulated about 1000 training programmes based on skill gap analysis carried out by NSDC. The Training courses are spread over 31 sectors including automobile, capital goods, electronics and IT hardware, Handloom and Handicrafts, Jems and Jewellery, Health care, Building construction etc.

In a written reply in the Rajya Sabha today Shri Rudy said, there are over 20 Ministries/Departments engaged in skill development activities through various schemes/programmes to cater to the demand of industry and service sectors across the country. As per information available with National Skill Development Corporation, 76.37 lakh persons were trained under the schemes/programmes during 2013-14. The National Skill Development Corporation trained 115594 persons during 2013-14 in Andhra Pradesh.

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Skill Development in Naxal affected areas

Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Skill Development & Entrepreneurship Shri Rajiv Pratap Rudy has said that a scheme titled “Skill Development in 34 Districts Affected by Left Wing Extremism” is being implemented since March, 2011 for skill development in 34 naxal affected districts in nine States. The objective of the scheme is to establish one ITI & two Skill Development Centers (SDCs) in each of 34 districts and to run demand driven vocational training courses both long term and short term to meet the requirement of skilled manpower of various sectors of economy in and around these areas, and consequently provide opportunities to youth for decent livelihood.

In a written reply in the Rajya Sabha today Shri Rudy said, this scheme is being implemented by the Directorate General of Employment and Training (DGET) under the Ministry of Labour and Employment (MoLE). The scheme facilitates Skill training programmes for 1000 youth in Long Term Training @ 30 per district, 4000 youth in Short Term Training @ 120 per district and train 340 youth in Instructor Training @ 10 per district.

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Skill Development in Odisha

Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Skill Development & Entrepreneurship Shri Rajiv Pratap Rudy has said that the XII Plan Document states that 50 million non-farm employment opportunities are proposed to be created and at least equivalent number of people would be provided skill certification in the country in the 12th Five Year Plan Period. As per information available with the National Skill Development Agency (NSDA) the skilling targets and achievement through various Skill Development Programmes of the Central Ministries/Departments are as under:

Financial Year
Skilling Target
(in lakhs) for India
Persons skilled (in lakh)
Achievement (in percentage)
2011-12
46.53
45.58
98
2012-13
72.51
51.88
72
2013-14
73.42
76.37
104
2014-15
105.08
42.77(upto Dec, 2014)
41

In a written reply in the Rajya Sabha today Shri Rudy said, to give a coordinated and focus approach to Skill Development efforts, the Government is framing a new National Policy for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship. The policy will broadly cover the entire landscape of the skill development and entrepreneurship in the country and provide policy initiatives for steering skill development and entrepreneurship activities towards well-defined, standardized outcomes across the country including Odisha.

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Make in India Programme

Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Skill Development & Entrepreneurship Shri Rajiv Pratap Rudy has said that the Government is working on a new National Policy for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship. In a written reply in the Rajya Sabha today he said, the policy will broadly cover the entire landscape of initiatives for entrepreneurship development alongwith the skill development in the country and provide policy guidelines for steering entrepreneurship development and skill development activities towards a well-defined, standardized outcomes to make implementation of programmes effective in targeted sectors under ‘Make in India’.

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Castes in OBC List of Rajasthan

91 entries (by way of castes, their synonyms, sub-castes etc.) have been notified by the State Government in the State list of Other Backward Classes (OBCs) in Rajasthan.

Till date 68 entries (by way of castes, their synonyms, sub-castes etc.) have been notified in the Central List of OBCs for the State of Rajasthan. The Government of India notified castes/communities in the Central List of Other Backward Classes (OBCs) for different States/Union Territories on examining the advice tendered by the National Commission for Backward Classes under Section 9(1) of the NCBC Act, 1993. At present, no advice of NCBC is pending for inclusion of castes/communities in the Central List of OBCs for the State of Rajasthan.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment, Shri Krishan Pal Gurjar in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha here today.

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Hostels under Babu Jagajiven Ram Chhatrawas Yojana

Admissible financial assistance is provided for construction of hostels for the Scheduled Caste students to the eligible implementing agencies under the Scheme “Babu Jagjivan Ram Chhatrawas Yojana”(BJRCY).

During the XI Five Year Plan, 572 hostels were sanctioned to State Governments/UT Administrations/Universities/NGOs, which include 443 hostels sanctioned to States during the first three years i.e. 2007-08 to 2009-10 of the said Plan Period. As per information received from the implementing agencies, out of 572 hostels, construction of 447 hostels has been confirmed so far.

During XII Plan, 110 hostels have been sanctioned under the Scheme so far.

The hostels are sanctioned on receipt of complete proposals from the implementing agencies subject to availability of funds under the Scheme.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment, Shri Vijay Sampla in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha here today.

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Empowerment of Begger Population

As per the State-wise Census 2011 details furnished by the Office of Registrar General & Census Commissioner, India, the number of Beggars, Vagrants etc.  in India is as follows:

i)   Total Beggars, Vagrants etc    – 413670

ii)   Child Beggars, Vagrants etc   -   45296

iii)  Total Disabled Beggars, Vagrants etc – 70506

Total Disabled Beggars, Vagrants etc. : Census 2011

Area Name
Persons
Male
Female

2
3
4
INDIA
70506
43141
27365
State - JAMMU & KASHMIR (01)
834
603
231
State - HIMACHAL PRADESH (02)
148
112
36
State - PUNJAB (03)
1296
825
471
State - CHANDIGARH (04)
33
28
5
State - UTTARAKHAND (05)
551
385
166
State - HARYANA (06)
825
606
219
State - NCT OF DELHI (07)
588
407
181
State - RAJASTHAN (08)
2331
1588
743
State - UTTAR PRADESH (09)
6003
4220
1783
State - BIHAR (10)
5276
3399
1877
State - SIKKIM (11)
39
22
17
State - ARUNACHAL PRADESH (12)
10
7
3
State - NAGALAND (13)
42
26
16
State - MANIPUR (14)
69
44
25
State - MIZORAM (15)
20
15
5
State - TRIPURA (16)
147
78
69
State - MEGHALAYA (17)
117
60
57
State - ASSAM (18)
5311
2884
2427
State - WEST BENGAL (19)
13798
7697
6101
State - JHARKHAND (20)
3224
1849
1375
State - ODISHA (21)
6550
3850
2700
State - CHHATTISGARH (22)
2537
1329
1208
State - MADHYA PRADESH (23)
4868
3135
1733
State - GUJARAT (24)
1686
1179
507
State - DAMAN & DIU (25)
5
5
0
State - DADRA & NAGAR HAVELI (26)
5
2
3
State - MAHARASHTRA (27)
4456
2738
1718
State - ANDHRA PRADESH (28)
5593
3343
2250
State - KARNATAKA (29)
1891
1178
713
State - GOA (30)
39
24
15
State - LAKSHADWEEP (31)
0
0
0
State - KERALA (32)
945
665
280
State - TAMIL NADU (33)
1239
821
418
State - PUDUCHERRY (34)
23
11
12
State - ANDAMAN & NICOBAR ISLANDS (35)
7
6
1

India/State/Ut
Persons
Males
Females
2
9
10
11
INDIA
45296
24378
20918
JAMMU & KASHMIR
990
553
437
HIMACHAL PRADESH
178
87
91
PUNJAB
1214
669
545
CHANDIGARH
11
8
3
UTTARAKHAND
274
166
108
 HARYANA
1171
712
459
 NCT OF DELHI
290
152
138
RAJASTHAN
7167
3770
3397
UTTAR PRADESH
10167
5695
4472
 BIHAR
3396
1840
1556
SIKKIM
1
1
0
ARUNACHAL PRADESH
24
11
13
 NAGALAND
20
11
9
MANIPUR
34
16
18
 MIZORAM
6
4
2
TRIPURA
43
29
14
MEGHALAYA
38
20
18
ASSAM
686
366
320
WEST BENGAL
3216
1705
1511
 JHARKHAND
1254
659
595
ODISHA
905
491
414
CHHATTISGARH
1065
524
541
MADHYA PRADESH
2592
1461
1131
 GUJARAT
1982
1095
887
 DAMAN & DIU
8
3
5
DADRA&NAGAR HAVELI
0
0
0
MAHARASHTRA
3026
1629
1397
ANDHRA PRADESH
3128
1504
1624
 KARNATAKA
1602
793
809
 GOA
24
12
12
LAKSHADWEEP
1
0
1
 KERALA
202
94
108
TAMIL NADU
572
295
277
 PUDUCHERRY
9
3
6
A & N ISLANDS
0
0
0



The States are responsible for taking necessary preventive and rehabilitative steps. As per available information, 20 States and 2 Union Territories have enacted their own anti-beggary legislation or adopted legislation enacted by other States/UTs. Presently, there is no Scheme of the Central Government on Beggary. National Consultation Meetings were held with the representatives of Central/State Governments, NGOs, Institutes and Individual Experts in the field of Beggary to discuss the issues related to Beggary. In these meetings, it was inter-alia, recommended to explore the feasibility of framing a Central Scheme for rehabilitation of Beggars. Accordingly, a Scheme for Rehabilitation of Beggars/Destitutes is under formulation.
This information was given by the Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment, Shri Vijay Sampla in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha here today.

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Survey to assess Drug Abuse

The Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment had requested National Sample Survey Office (NSSO) to conduct a Nation-wide survey on extent, pattern and trend of alcohol and drug abuse. Accordingly, the NSSO had conducted pilot survey in the cities of Amritsar, Imphal and Mumbai in March, 2010. On examination of the report of the Pilot Survey, certain issues relating to under-estimates, non-coverage of certain age group etc. were raised and a more comprehensive and extended pilot survey was suggested. A working Group was constituted by Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation, with NSSO as nodal organization to devise the modalities of advanced pilot survey in the States of Punjab and Manipur. The report of the Working Group has been received recently.

Apart from the proposal to conduct a nation-wide survey, the Ministry has separately commissioned a survey for estimation of the extent and pattern of drug abuse in the State of Punjab.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment, Shri Vijay Sampla in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha here today.

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Drug Menace amongst Youths

The cost norms of the Scheme of Assistance for Prevention of Alcoholism and Substance (Drugs) Abuse was last revised in the year 2008. The Cost norms of the Scheme have again been revised w.e.f. 1.1.2015 and the enhancement under different components is between 80 and 100 percent. The cost norms generally cover honorarium to the staff, room rent, cost of medicine, food etc. for running of integrated Rehabilitation Centre for Addicts.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment, Shri Vijay Sampla in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha here today.

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Plan to Check Menace of Beggary

The states are responsible for taking necessary preventive and rehabilitative steps. As per available information, 20 States and 2 Union Territories have enacted their own anti beggary legislation or adopted legislation enacted by other States/UTs. Presently, there is no Scheme of the Central Government on Beggary. National Consultation Meeting were held with the representatives of Central/State Governments, NGOs, Institute and Individual Experts in the field of Beggary to discuss the issues related to Beggary. In these meetings, it was inter-alia, recommended to explore the feasibility of framing a Central Scheme for rehabilitation of Beggars. Accordingly, a Scheme for Rehabilitation of Beggars/Destitutes is under formulation.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment, Shri Vijay Sampla in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha here today.

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Implementation of Manual Scavengers Act

The primary responsibility for implementing the Prohibition of Employment as Manual Scavengers and their Rehabilitation Act, 2013 lies with the States/Union Territories. The issue of effective implementation of the Act has been vigorously pursued by the Department of Social Justice and Empowerment with the States/UTs.

As per the information received from 12 State Governments/UT Administrations, 77,985 local authorities have completed the survey of insanitary latrines, which include dry latrines, and have demolished/converted 1, 39,615 insanitary into sanitary latrines.

Under the Self Employment Scheme for Rehabilitation of Manual Scavengers (SRMS), so far 1,390 identified and eligible persons have been provided onetime cash assistance of Rs. 40,000/-.

The process of survey of the insanitary latrines and manual scavengers across all the States/UTs is at varying stages, which needs to be completed on priority. Comprehensive rehabilitation of all identified manual scavengers is also to be ensured.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment, Shri Vijay Sampla in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha here today.

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Steps for Bringing Transgender in Mainstream

An Expert Committee was constituted in the Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment to make an in-depth study of the problems being faced by the Transgender Community and suggest suitable measures to ameliorate their problems. The Committee submitted its reports on 27th January 2014. The recommendations of the Committee, inter-alia, include declaring transgender as ‘third gender’, and Umbrella scheme for socio-economic & educational empowerment of the community, intensive publicity campaigns etc. An Inter Ministerial Committee has been constituted to pursue implementation of the Expert Committee’s recommendation.

The recommendations of the Expert Committee have been forwarded to all the State Governments and the concerned Central Ministries/Departments for necessary action.

Department of Personnel and Training, Government of India has informed that as far as public appointments is concerned, there is no discrimination in the matter of employment made by the Government of India.

The Ministry of Labour and Employment has written a letter to Principal Secretaries of States/UTs and the Directors/ Commissioners of all States/UTs to give training on Modular Employable Skills modules through Vocational Training Providers (VTPs) registered under Skill Development initiative (SDI) Scheme. The Self/wage employment oriented courses shall be conducted under Skill Development Initiative Scheme (SDIS) to enhance their employment potential and increase their chances to earn decent livelihood as well as enhance their status in the society.

A Media Committee has been constituted in the Ministry for the purpose of initiating sensitisation drives in society. The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting have advised their Media Units to accord generic publicity to the matter in their dissemination support programmes.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment, Shri Vijay Sampla in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha here today.

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Union Steel & Mines Minister Shri Narendra Singh Tomar Lauds Rail Budget as Passenger-Friendly, Progressive and Holistic

The Union Steel & Mines Minister Shri Narendra Singh Tomar today lauded the rail budget 2015-16, as passenger-friendly, progressive and holistic. Reacting on Railway Budget 2015, presented by the Union Minister for Railways, Shri M R Suresh Prabhu in Lok Sabha today, he said:

“Rail budget is development-oriented, investor-friendly, goal-oriented and modern in approach and is in the interest of users. All regions of the country and sections of society have been kept in mind. Innovative and forward-looking initiatives have been proposed so that users are not over-burdened. Besides goals like speeding up of trains, emphasis on electrification, Project delivery, Passenger Amenities, Safety, Transparency & System Improvement and ensuring that Railways continue to be the preferred mode of transport for the masses, have also been taken care of.

Passenger fares have not been increased, so that general public is not affected. But provisions have been made for cleanliness, safety and amenities. Increase in allocation for passenger amenities by 67% without increasing the fares is indeed commendable. 200 more stations will come under Adarsh Station scheme and Wi – Fi will be provided at B category stations. 24X7 helpline for attending passenger problems and security related complaints and surveillance cameras in suburban coaches for the safety of women passengers are also good initiatives. Proposal for 77 new projects covering 9,400 kms. of doubling/ tripling/ quadrupling works is praiseworthy. Mobile phone charging facilities will be provided in general class coaches & will be increased in sleeper class coaches. Operation five minute is a new initiative for ensuring that travelers with unreserved tickets can buy these tickets within five minutes. More General class coaches will be added in identified trains. All these decisions clearly indicate that budget is pro-poor and passenger-friendly.

Railways will also leverage additional resources and it envisages an investment of Rs. 8.5 lakh crore in next five years. Plan Outlay has been increased by 52%. I am confident that the four goals as delineated by the Rail Minister to transform Indian Railways in next five years will be accomplished. Rail Ministry deserves compliments for a comprehensive, all-inclusive and passenger-friendly budget and my best wishes are with them.”

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Railway Budget2015-16 is the most reassuring of recent times, says Shri M.Venkaiah Naidu

Budget will address four major concerns ; Speed, Safety, Security and Satisfaction of users

Parliamentary Minister Shri M.Venkaiah Naidu has said that the Railway Budget for 2015-16 presented in the Parliament today by the Railway Minister Shri Suresh Prabhu is the most reassuring account of the road ahead for making the railways the backbone of country’s transportation and the engine of economic growth. Reacting on the Budget proposals, he said that they will surely address the major issues of ‘Speed, Safety, Security and Satisfaction of rail users’.

Following is the reaction of Shri Venkiah Naidu on the Railway Budget for 2015-16:

“The Railway Budget for 2015-16 is the most reassuring railway budget of last many years. The Budget proposals are a very informative, innovative and inspiring account of the road ahead for making our railways really the back bone of transportation in our country and a true driver of economic growth.

The four objectives, five strategy devices and 11 thrust areas detailed by Railway Minister Shri Suresh Prabhu will address the Four S of railways i.e Speed, Safety, Security and Satisfaction of railway users. The Railway Minister has paid very minute attention to all major concerns relating to making our railways reliable and self-sufficient.

A major inspiring feature of this Budget is to make people and all other stakeholders own the railways through partnerships.

The emphasis on capacity building through network augmentation is the need of the hour. Substantially enhanced allocations for new network creation, doubling, tripling and quadrupling of network and electrification will herald ‘acche din’ for railways and its users.

The Budget has made it clear that ‘business as usual’ approach will not be accepted anymore and the railways will be led on the path of innovation and new approaches.Increased adoption of technology platforms for delivering user friendly services is welcome and in line with the demands of the time.

In nutshell, the Railway Budget for 2015-16 embodies the 3-S mantra given by Prime Minister i.e Skill, Speed and Scale.

I compliment Shri Suresh Prabhu for giving the country a very reassuring account of the road ahead for railways. I am sure this Budget will touch the hearts of millions of rail users.”


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Women to be given priority under Swachh Bharat Mission

One Community Toilet seat per 25 Women and one Public Toilet seat per 50 Women to be Built

44 lakh Public Toilets in the Country as per 2011 Census

Urban Population to Increase by 293 million by 2030

Women will be accorded priority under the Swachh Bharat Mission while constructing community and public toilets. One community toilet seat per 25 women and one public community toilet seat per 50 women will be built under the Mission as against one seat per 35 and 100 men respectively.

This was informed by the Minister of State for Urban Development and Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation Shri Babul Supriyo to the Rajya Sabha today in a written reply to Smt.Vandana Chavan who wanted to of any gender bias in accessing public toilets in cities of the country.

Community toilets are proposed to be built under Swachh Bharat Mission for common use of local communities in an area with 40% Viability Gap Funding/Grant from the Ministry of Urban Development. Public toilets are to be built on pay and use basis.

Shri Babul Supriyo further informed the House that as per 2011 Census, 44,04,752 public toilets were available in the cities. Maharashtra tops the list with 22 lakh public toilets followed by Tamil Nadu with 7 lakhs, Karnataka-2.26 lakhs, NCT of Delh-2.00 lakhs, West Bengal-1.86 lakhs, Gujarat-1.80 lakhs, Andhra Pradesh-1.12 lakhs and Chattisgarh with 66,000.

Under Swachh Bharat Mission launched on October 2, 2014, it is targeted to build 1.04 crore household toilets and five lakh community and public toilet seats by 2019.

Shri Babul Supriyo also informed the Rajya Sabha that urban population in the country will increase by 293 million in the next 15 years i.e by 2030. Replying to Shri T.Rathinavel, the Minister informed that the urban population will reach a level of 670 million by 2030 constituting 42.40% of the total population.

As per 2011 Census, the urban population in the country was 377 million accounting for over 31% of total population.

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