States Weekly: June 21, 2023

Big News: Madhya Pradesh approves the Madhya PradeshCo-operative Policy 2023, with a focus to create jobs in the sector; Rajasthan Electricity Regulatory Commission (RERC) notifies the new renewable purchase obligations (RPO); Andhra Pradesh Generation Company secures clearance for setting up a 1350 MW Pumped Hydro Storage plant; Ministry of Power approves the Electricity (Rights of Consumers) Amendment Rules, 2023; and more.

Industrial Policy & Business Regulations  

Madhya Pradesh approves the Madhya PradeshCo-operative Policy 2023, with a focus to create jobs in the sector. The policy emphasises on preparing and implementing the public co-operative partnership (PCP) model in the sector. Source: Business Standard; In detail: Cabinet decisions

Assam launches the Assam Credit Guarantee Scheme to enable small businesses in the state to access formal credit without collateral. The ACGS scheme is drawn along the lines of the Credit Guarantee Scheme (CGS-I for bands and CGS-II for NBFCs). Source: Financial Express; In detail: Notification

Land Acquisition & Labor Regulations  

Nothing critical to report this week.

Infrastructure & Governance  

Andhra Pradesh unveils the “Jagananna Suraksha” programme, aimed at addressing the public’s concerns regarding easy access to documents, certificates, and government schemes. This programme will be in effect from June 23 to July 23, and would entail teams of officials visiting villages, and resolving issues with documents, and certificates. Source: Telangana Today; In detail: CMO Twitter

Haryana inaugurates ten faceless services under the “Haryana Shehri Vikas Pradhikaran (HSVP)”. The government aims to provide accessible and user-friendly services to the citizens of Haryana. Source: Times of India; In detail: Press Release

Rajasthan approves the formation of a Road Safety Task Force at the district level. The Department of Transport and Road Safety will be the administrative arm of this task force. The move is aimed at reducing accidents and deaths linked to road safety by 50 percent by 2030. Source: Business Standard; In detail: Press Release

Oil & Gas  

Nothing critical to report this week.  

Water & Sanitation  

Nothing critical to report this week.  

Power & Renewable Energy  

Andhra Pradesh Generation Company secures clearance from the Central Energy Commission (CEC) for setting up a 1350 MW Pumped Hydro Storage plant in Upper Sileru. Source: Times of India; In detail: Press release

Delhi government launches a “one-time settlement scheme” for pending arrear bills. The scheme is aimed to benefit 700,000 consumers. Source: Indian Express; In detail: One-time settlement scheme launch (Video)

Maharashtra signs a Memorandum of Understandings with the Mahatma Phule Agricultural University, Mahaurja and Sutlej JalVidyut Nigam Limited (SJVN) for the development of 5,220 MW renewable energy projects in the state. Source: Energetica

Rajasthan Electricity Regulatory Commission (RERC) notifies the new renewable purchase obligations (RPO) for the state to include energy storage and move solar along with biomass into the other RPO category. The changes align with the regulation issued by the Ministry of Power (MoP) and will be effective from April 1, 2024. Source: Mercom; In detail: RERC (Renewable Purchase Obligation) Regulations, 2023

Climate Change

World Bank’s Board of Directors approves a $150 million loan to support the Resilient Kerala Program to continue strengthening the state’s preparedness against natural disasters, climate change impacts, and disease outbreaks. Source: Siasat; In detail: World Bank Press Release  

Health   

Rajasthan announces opening new sub-health centres in 441 villages in the state. The move is aimed at expanding medical facilities and providing better treatment to all residents of the state. Source: India Posten; In detail: Press Release

Meghalaya approves and notifies the draft policy under the Drug Reduction Elimination and Action Mission (DREAM) for ensuring a drug-free Meghalaya. Source: Imphal Free Press

Punjab announces the launch of a special project to modernise the state's secondary healthcare institutions at an estimated cost of over $48 million. Under the first phase of the project, district hospitals, sub-divisional hospitals and community health centres (CHCs) in larger rural areas will be strengthened on priority. Source: Business Standard; In detail: Press Release

Center – State Relations  

Ministry of Power approves the Electricity (Rights of Consumers) Amendment Rules, 2023 aimed to bring in changes pertaining to smart meters and time of day tariffs. The amendments mandate that the time-of-day tariffs specified by the state commission for commercial and industrial consumers during peak hours of the day shall not be less than 1.2 times the normal tariff and for other consumers, shall not be less than 1.1 times the normal tariff. Source: ABP; In detail: Electricity (Rights of Consumers) Amendment Rules, 2023

Any Other

Maharashtra allocates $182 million to provide relief to farmers who experienced losses due to heavy rainfall in 2022. Source: Free Press Journal; In detail: CM’s Twitter

Assam launches a universal online admission site called SAMARTH to simplify the admission process for Undergraduate Programmes in all Higher Education Institutes of Assam. Source: PM Modi Yojana; In detail: Portal