States Weekly: June 19, 2024

Big News: Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Odisha, and Sikkim elect new chief ministers; Tamil Nadu Electricity Regulatory Commission (TNERC) publishes the draft TNERC (Framework for Resource Adequacy) Regulations, 2024; Tamil Nadu Electricity Regulatory Commission (TNERC) releases the draft Green Energy Open Access Regulations 2024; Maharashtra halts the installation of smart meters in residential areas; and more.

Health 

Nothing critical to report this week.

Climate Change & Energy

Tamil Nadu Electricity Regulatory Commission (TNERC) publishes the draft TNERC (Framework for Resource Adequacy) Regulations, 2024. The proposal aims to update existing regulations, incorporating recent changes in standards and practices. Source: Solar Quarter; In detail: Draft TNERC (Framework for Resource Adequacy) Regulations, 2024

Tamil Nadu Electricity Regulatory Commission (TNERC) releases the draft Green Energy Open Access Regulations 2024 to allow consumers with a connected load of 63 KVA or more to directly procure green energy from generators or the open market, bypassing distribution companies. Source: DTNext; In detail: TNERC (Terms and Conditions for Green Energy Open Access) Regulations, 2024

Tamil Nadu Electricity Regulatory Commission (TNERC) introduces the TNERC (Grid Interactive Solar PV Energy Generating Systems) Regulations, 2024 for grid-interactive solar photovoltaic (PV) energy-generating systems in 2024. This regulation aims to promote the use of solar energy and battery energy storage systems across the state. Source: Solar Quarter; In detail: TNERC (Grid Interactive Solar PV Energy Generating Systems) Regulations, 2024

Punjab State Electricity Regulatory Commission (PSERC) increases the power tariff by $0.00132 per unit for domestic consumers and $0.0018 per unit for the industrial sector from June 16, 2024, to March 31, 2025.The hike will not affect most domestic consumers. Source: Hindustan Times

Karnataka announces an increase in sales tax on petrol from 25.92 percent to 29.84 percent and from 14.3 percent to 18.4 percent on diesel. Source: News18; In detail: Notification

Maharashtra halts the installation of smart meters for residential purposes amidst rising opposition. According to announcements from the chief minister, and the deputy chief minister, smart meters will only be deployed for industrial and large-scale power users, rather than for households and small businesses. Source: Lokmat Times

Rajasthan approves land allocation for 5690 hectares for four major solar projects in the Bikaner and Phalodi districts. Source: ANI; In detail: Press Release

Finance

Nothing critical to report this week.

Industrial Policy & Business Regulations

Nothing critical to report this week.

Land Acquisition & Labor Regulations  

Haryana regularises the last remaining 433 unapproved colonies by June 30, granting owners the right to sell all properties within these colonies. Regularization involves transferring ownership rights or recognizing the legal status of residents living in unauthorized colonies. Source: Hindustan Times

Infrastructure & Governance

Assam approves the “Mukhya Mantri Nijut Moina” aiming to provide monthly financial assistance to girl students every month. The scheme is expected to cover around one million girl students. Source: Economic Times; In detail: Cabinet Decision

Haryana establishes “Samadhan Prakoshth” in the office of chief secretary to resolve public grievances. This unit will organise camps in each district and sub-divisional headquarter every working day from 9 am to 11am to resolve public grievances, especially concerning the family and property identification documents. Source: Hindustan Times; In detail: Government Order

Nara Chandrababu Naidu swears in as the chief minister of Andhra Pradesh for the fourth term on Wednesday, June 12. Source: Hindustan Times; In detail: Press Release

Pema Khandu takes oath as the chief minister of Arunachal Pradesh for the third time. Source: NDTV; In detail: Press Release

Mohan Charan Majhi takes oath as chief minister of Odisha. Source: India Today; In detail: Press Release

Prem Singh Tamang takes oath as the chief minister of Sikkim for the second time. Source: The Hindu; In detail: Press Release

Water & Sanitation

Assam approves the Guidelines for Installation and Maintenance of Real-Time Data Acquisition Systems (RTDAS) 2024. This initiative is aimed at improving flood forecasting and water resource planning across the state. Source: Guwahati Plus; In detail: Cabinet Decision

Haryana declares a municipal solid waste exigency in Gurgaon under the Disaster Management Act, 2005 due to alarming levels of untreated waste in the city. The government has also formed a six-member committee to oversee the implementation of the Solid Waste Environment Exigency Programme (SWEEP) in the city. Source: Times of India; In detail: Government Order

Center – State Relations 

Union Ministry of Finance releases an additional instalment of devolution of taxes to states besides the devolution amount for the month of June 2024. The total amount, adding both, comes to $16.7 billion in the current month. Source: Business Today; In detail: Press Release

Union Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) issues the operational guidelines to implement the “PM Surya Ghar: Muft Bijli Yojana” for central financial assistance (CFA) to residential consumers. Source: Mercom; In detail: Constitution of Mission Directorate for Implementation of PM-Surya GharMuftBijliYojana

Any Other

Nothing critical to report this week.

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