States Weekly: June 5, 2024

Big News: India announces results for the Lok Sabha elections with PM Modi set to return for a third term; Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh announce the results for the legislative assembly elections; The Union government starts granting citizenship under the Citizenship Amendment Act in West Bengal, Haryana and Uttarakhand; Gujarat Electricity Regulatory Commission (GERC) notifies the draft Net Metering Rooftop Solar PV Grid Interactive Systems (Fourth Amendment) Regulations, 2024; and more.

Health 

Telangana bans the manufacture and sale of gutka and pan masala containing tobacco and nicotine for a year. Telangana had previously banned the sale of gutka across the state in 2021. Source: Scroll.in

Jammu & Kashmir Health and Medical Education Department issues a notification declaring human rabies as a notifiable disease under the Epidemic Diseases Act of 1897. As per the notification, all government and private health facilities, including medical colleges have been directed to report any suspected, probable, and confirmed cases of human rabies to the respective Chief Medical Officer and the State Nodal Officer of the National Rabies Control Program. Source: Daily Excelsior; In detail: Govt Notification

Climate Change & Energy

Bihar Electricity Regulatory Commission (BERC) releases the draft Rooftop Solar Grid Interactive Systems Based on Net and Gross Metering (First Amendment) Regulation, 2024. The draft amendment makes significant changes to the existing regulations on grid integration and net metering. As per the amendment, distribution licensees will be required to issue guidelines and procedures for the connectivity of net or gross metering within three months from the date of publication of the new regulation. Source: Solar Quarter; In detail: Draft BERC(Rooftop Solar Grid Interactive Systems Based on Net and Gross Metering) (First Amendment) Regulation, 2024

Gujarat Electricity Regulatory Commission (GERC) notifies the draft Net Metering Rooftop Solar PV Grid Interactive Systems (Fourth Amendment) Regulations, 2024. The draft introduces specific requirements for low- and high-tension customers installing rooftop solar systems to improve the integration of higher solar capacities into the grid while maintaining fair cost distribution. The regulator has waived the requirement for a technical feasibility study for rooftop systems with a maximum capacity of 10 kW. Source: Powerline; In detail: Draft GERC (Net Metering Rooftop Solar PV Grid Interactive Systems) (Fourth Amendment) Regulations, 2024

Finance

Nothing critical to report this week

Industrial Policy & Business Regulations  

Nothing critical to report this week.

Land Acquisition & Labor Regulations  

Nothing critical to report this week.

Infrastructure & Governance

Andhra Pradesh announces the results of the legislative assembly elections with the Telugu Dasam Party (TDP) winning 135 out of 175 seats and forming the new government. Source: NDTV; In detail: Election Commission of India – Results

Odisha announces the results of the legislative assembly elections with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) winning 78 out of 147 seats and forming the new government. Source: NDTV; In detail: Election Commission of India – Results

Arunachal Pradesh announces the results of the legislative assembly elections with the Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) winning 46 out of 60 seats and forming the new government. Source: NDTV; In detail: Election Commission of India – Results

Sikkim announces the results of the legislative assembly elections with the Sikkim Krantikari Morcha (SKM) winning 31 out of 32 seats and forming the new government. Source: NDTV; In detail: Election Commission of India – Results

Chhattisgarh issues a new notification mandating the generation of e-way bills for all intra-state goods movement over $600 aimed at bolstering the monitoring of tax evasion. The decision signals the removal of previous exemptions that allowed certain goods to be transported within the state without an e-way bill, an official spokesman said. Source: Times of India; In detail: Chhattisgarh GST notification

Haryana Department of Town and Country Planning (DTCP) issues directions stating that illegally built fourth floors of houses constructed on residential plots may be demolished and their occupancy certificates cancelled. Source: Money Control

Water & Sanitation

Nothing critical to report this week.

Center – State Relations 

The Union government starts granting citizenship under the Citizenship Amendment Act in West Bengal, Haryana and Uttarakhand. The applicants in the three states were granted citizenship by the respective State Empowered Committees. Source: Business Standard; In detail: Press release

Any Other

India announces the results of the Lok Sabha 2024 elections, with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) -led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) winning 293 seats and the Indian National Congress-led Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance (INDIA) winning 234 seats. As the leader of the NDA, Prime Minister Modi is expected to return for a third term, albeit with a much-reduced majority. Source: Mint; In detail: Election Commission of India

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