States Weekly: January 17, 2024

Big News: Tamil Nadu launches the "Tamil Nadu Sustainably Harnessing Ocean Resources and Blue Economy” (TN-SHORE) mission; Delhi governor gives assent to the Delhi Goods and Services Tax (Second Amendment) Bill, 2023; Bihar releases the Bihar Information Technology Policy 2024; Himachal Pradesh approves the Himachal Pradesh Film Policy-2024; and more.

Health 

Nothing critical to report this week.

Climate Change & Energy

Gujarat launches the State Green Hydrogen Mission with the objective of producing 3 million metric tonne per annum (MMPTA) of green hydrogen by 2030. The government has allocated 200,000 hectares of land for the mission. Source: Hindu Business Line; In detail: Press release

Tamil Nadu launches its fourth climate change mitigation mission called "Tamil Nadu Sustainably Harnessing Ocean Resources and Blue Economy” (TN-SHORE). Under the mission, the stat, alongside the World Bank will invest $202 million over the next five years to arrest sea erosion, reduce marine pollution, and conserve marine biodiversity. Source: New Indian Express; In detail: Press release

Sikkim launches the "Sikkim Aama Sahayog Yojana," aimed at providing free LPG cylinders to the women in the state. Under the scheme, eligible Sikkimese women will receive four free LPG cylinders. Source: India Today

Finance

Delhi governor gives assent to the Delhi Goods and Services Tax (Second Amendment) Bill, 2023 aimed at ensuring uniformity between central and state legislations on GST. Source: Times of India; In detail: Delhi Goods and Services (Second Amendment) Act, 2023

Industrial Policy & Business Regulations  

Bihar releases the Bihar Information Technology Policy 2024 aiming to boost private investment and entrepreneurship in the sector. The policy provides a subsidy of 30 percent on fixed capital investment up to $3.6 million and provides an option of 10 percent interest subvention for five years to the tune of $4.8 million. Source: The Telegraph; In detail: Bihar IT Policy 2024

Land Acquisition & Labor Regulations  

Karnataka launches the “Yuva Nidhi Scheme” offering monthly unemployment stipends of $36 to graduates and $18 to diploma holders. Source: NDTV; In detail: Yuva Nidhi Scheme (in Kannada)

Infrastructure & Governance

Mizoram constitutes a new boundary committee to handle issues related to the state's border dispute with Assam. Source: PTI

Center – State Relations 

Union Government releases the annual cleanliness rankings for urban areas. Indore, Madhya Pradesh and Surat, Gujarat were named the joint winners of the cleanest city award, while Maharashtra bagged the top spot among states. Source: Indian Express; In detail: Press release

Any Other

Himachal Pradesh approves the Himachal Pradesh Film Policy-2024. The decision, which aims to promote and facilitate filmmakers within the state. Source: The News Himachal; In detail: Press release

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