States Weekly: December 6, 2023

Big News: Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Mizoram, Rajasthan, and Telangana announce state legislative assembly elections results; Union and Manipur governments sign a peace agreement with the United National Liberation Front (UNLF); Haryana Electricity Regulatory Commission (HERC) approves the Draft Procedure for the Grant of Connectivity & Green Energy Open Access; Karnataka releases the Draft Biotechnology Policy; Arunachal Pradesh approves the formulation of the Arunachal Pradesh Logistics Policy; and more.

Health 

Haryana approves a scheme providing monthly assistance of $36 for stage III and IV cancer patients. This decision is aimed to benefit 22,808 patients. Source: The Week; In detail: Press release

Climate Change & Energy

Haryana Electricity Regulatory Commission (HERC) approves the Draft Procedure for the Grant of Connectivity & Green Energy Open Access to promote open access consumption of renewable energy in the state. Source: Solar Quarter; In detail: Tariff order

Uttar Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission (UPERC) introduces the UPERC (Rooftop Solar PV Grid Interactive System Gross/Net Metering) Regulation, 2019 (Second Amendment) to promote sustainable energy practices in the state. Source: Solar Quarter; In detail: UPERC regulation

Tamil Nadu Electricity Regulatory Commission (TNERC) approves the government directive to waive off 50 percent of the network charges for rooftop solar consumers in the MSME sector. As per the order, the approved tariff for rooftop solar network charges will decrease from $0.018 per unit to $0.0091 per unit for the MSME sector, with the remaining cost being borne by the state government. Source: Saurenergy; In detail: Tariff order

Finance

Uttar Pradesh passes a bill imposing 28 percent Goods & Services Tax on the full-face value for online gaming (real money), casinos and horse racing as dictated by the Finance Ministry. Source: G2G

Industrial Policy & Business Regulations  

Karnataka releases the Draft Biotechnology Policy, at the Bangalore Tech Summit. The policy is focused on impactful implementation of the biotech projects in the state. Source: The Hindu Businessline; In detail: Draft Bio Technology Policy

Karnataka releases the Animation, Visual Effects, Gaming, Comics, and Extended Reality (AVGC-XR) Policy, at the Bengaluru Tech Summit, aimed at fostering development in the sectors and growing the state’s economy. Source: The Hindu Businessline; In detail: Draft AVCG Policy

Arunachal Pradesh approves the formulation of the Arunachal Pradesh Logistics Policy in alignment with the PM Gati Shakti Framework. The policy is aimed to augment an integrated, multi-modal logistics ecosystem in the state. Source: Economic Times

Goa reduces road tax for high end vehicles in the state. According to the new reduced slabs, vehicles below $7,203 will pay 6 percent road tax, vehicles below $18,008 will pay 11 percent tax, vehicles below $42,018 will pay 13 percent tax and vehicles costing above $42,018 will pay road tax of 14 percent. Source: Digital Goa

Land Acquisition & Labor Regulations  

Punjab passes the Transfer of Property (Punjab Amendment) Bill, 2023, easing the transfer of property through general power of attorney in the state. Source: Deccan Herald; In detail: Transfer of Property (Punjab Amendment) Act, 2023

Infrastructure & Governance

Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan, and Madhya Pradesh election results see the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) coming to power. Telangana election results see victory for the Indian National Congress. Zoram People’s Movement wins the elections in Mizoram. Source: NDTV; In detail: Election Commission of India results

Haryana approves the revised Haryana Communication and Connectivity Infrastructure Policy 2023 to enhance the availability of high-quality technology and communication infrastructure throughout the state. The updated policy supersedes the Communication and Connectivity Policy 2017 and aligns with the amended Indian Telegraph Right of Way Rules, as notified by the Union Ministry of Communication (Department of Telecommunications) in 2022. Source: Money Control; In detail: Haryana Communication and Connectivity Infrastructure Policy 2023

Maharashtra implements the “Stamp Duty Abhay Yojana 2023”. Under the scheme, the government will provide an exemption on stamp duty and penalty for registration of deeds executed between 1980 and 2020. The amnesty scheme will be implemented in two phases from December 1, 2023, to January 31, 2024, and from February 1, 2024, to March 31, 2024. Source: Indian Express; In detail: Cabinet decisions (in Marathi)

Himachal Pradesh announces 30 percent reservation to women for posts of constable in the state police. Source: Money Control; In detail: Cabinet decisions

Center – State Relations 

Union and Manipur governments sign a peace agreement with the United National Liberation Front (UNLF), a banned Meitei extremist organisation which is also the oldest armed group based in the Manipur valley. Source: The Hindu; In detail: Press release

Any Other

Nothing critical to report this week.

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