States Weekly: April 17, 2024

Big News: BJP releases the Lok Sabha 2024 election manifesto; Karnataka Electricity Regulatory Commission(KERC) reduces the maximum time taken to provide electricity to consumers; and more.

Health 

Nothing critical to report this week.

Climate Change & Energy

Karnataka Electricity Regulatory Commission (KERC) releases the KERC (Rights of Consumers Relating to Supply of Electricity, Standard of Performance (SoP) and allied matters) Regulations, 2022, reducing the maximum time under which electricity supply companies (Escoms) are mandated to provide power supply to consumers. As per the regulations, Escoms will need to ensure electricity supply within three days of receiving the application in metro cities, seven days in other municipal areas, and 15 days in rural areas. Source: Deccan Herald; In Detail: Karnataka Electricity Regulatory Commission (Rights of Consumers Relating to Supply of Electricity, Standard of Performance (SoP) and allied matters) Regulations, 2022

Finance

Nothing critical to report this week

Industrial Policy & Business Regulations  

Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai) in Maharashtra issues an order stating that shops and establishments that do not display their name boards in the Marathi language will have to pay twice the property tax from May 1. Source: Times of India; In Detail: Government Order

Land Acquisition &Labor Regulations  

Nothing critical to report this week

Infrastructure & Governance

Rajasthan draws out a contingency plan for drinking water supply across the state. The Secretary of Public Health Engineering Department (PHED) has directed officials to complete all works approved under the summer contingency by April. Source: Business Standard

Center – State Relations 

Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) issues draft regulations to determine fees and charges to be collected by Regional Load Despatch Centres (RLDCs) from the generating companies, distribution companies (DISCOMs), bulk consumers, inter-state transmission licensees, buyers, sellers and inter-state trading licensees, settlement nodal agency and any other users. Source: Mercom; In detail: Draft Notification

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) releases its election manifesto. The manifesto focuses on schemes aimed at the poor, youth, farmers, and women. Source: Economic Times; Indetail: BJP Manifesto 2024

Any Other

Nothing critical to report this week.

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Akshat Singh
Research Associate, Chair in U.S.-India Policy Studies