States Weekly: January 10, 2024

Big News: Tamil Nadu releases the Tamil Nadu Semiconductor and Advanced Electronics Policy 2024; Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company (MSEDCL) increases residential tariff; Haryana launches the One Time Settlement-2023 (OTS) scheme to settle pending tax payments pertaining to pre-GST regime; Goa releases the Goa Industrial Development Corporation (Allotment, Transfer and Sub-Lease) Regulations, 2023; and more.

Health 

Maharashtra launches the Chief Minister's Medical Assistance Fund for the Marathi-speaking people of 865 border villages in Karnataka. Source: Times of India

Climate Change & Energy

Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation (TANGEDCO) releases the Tamil Nadu Repowering and Life Extension Draft Policy for Wind Power Projects, 2024. The policy will be valid from the date of the issuance up to March 31, 2030, or till the time a new repowering policy is announced, whichever is earlier. Source: New Indian Express

Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company (MSEDCL) increases tariff by $0.003 to $0.0078 per unit through a “fuel adjustment charge” (FAC). 28 million residential consumers will end up paying up to $3.60 more a month starting from January. Source: Hindustan Times

Finance

Haryana launches the One Time Settlement-2023 (OTS) scheme, to settle pending tax payments pertaining to pre-GST regime. This scheme will be operational from January 1 to March 30. Source: Hindustan Times; In detail: Gazette notification

Haryana approves the waiver of outstanding water charges, including surcharge and interest, amounting to $44.75 million. Source: Daijiworld; In detail: Press release

Industrial Policy & Business Regulations  

Tamil Nadu releases the Tamil Nadu Semiconductor and Advanced Electronics Policy 2024 at the Global Investors Meet 2024 (GIM). The policy seeks to attract anchor investments in semiconductor and advanced electronics manufacturing and create a skilled talent pool of over 200,000 persons by 2030. It seeks to create a semiconductor design ecosystem in the State through incentives, funding and industry-academia collaboration. The policy will be valid for three years from the date of notification. Source: The Hindu; In detail: Tamil Nadu Semiconductor and Advanced Electronics Policy 2024

Delhi approves a proposal to develop a 147-acre eco-friendly industrial hub in the Rani Khera area. The industrial is aimed at generating new employment opportunities. Source: Financial Express

Tamil Nadu releases the Tamil Nadu Coir Policy 2024, aimed at attracting new investments worth $360.87 in the sector by 2030 and creating additional employment opportunities for 60,000 people. The objectives of the policy released include design policies and regulations with sustainable value addition, eco-friendly principles and to promote balanced industrialisation for coir industries by facilitating investments. Source: Times of India; In detail: Tamil Nadu Coir Policy 2024

Goa releases the Goa Industrial Development Corporation (Allotment, Transfer and Sub-Lease) Regulations, 2023 aimed at attracting more investment in the industrial sector and enhance revenue and job opportunities in the state. The regulations include the introduction of single-window clearance for land allotment and construction of industries, liberalization of transfer and sublease processes, and “ease of business exit”. Source: Digital Goa; In detail: Goa Industrial Development Corporation (Allotment, Transfer and Sub-Lease) Regulations, 2023

Land Acquisition & Labor Regulations  

Nothing critical to report this week.

Infrastructure & Governance

Maharashtra grants approval to a proposal offering the Old Pension Scheme (OPS) as an option for state government employees who entered service after November 2005. Source: ABPLive; In detail: Cabinet decisions (in Marathi)

Kerala launches the K-SMART (Kerala Solutions for Managing Administrative Reformation and Transformation) system, aimed to bring all services of the three-tier local self-government institutions on a unified digital platform. Source: Indian Express; In detail: K Smart

Center – State Relations 

Nothing critical to report this week.

Any Other

Nothing critical to report this week.

Updates

Himachal Pradesh increases the re-employment age for specialist doctors from 65 to 68 in medical colleges to alleviate the shortage of doctors in the state. Source: The News Himachal; In detail: Gazette Notification

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