States Weekly: May 15, 2024

Big News: India registers 67.25 percent voter turnout in the fourth phase of the ongoing Lok Sabha elections; The Supreme Court of India grants Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal an interim bail till June 1; Andhra Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission (APERC) adopts the Green Energy Open Access, Charges, and Banking Regulations, 2024; Nagaland institutes the Nagaland Political Affairs Committee (PAC) for mediating the ongoing Indo-Naga political conflict; and more.

Health 

Karnataka circulates a state-wide order to government health facilities to procure Sexual Assault Forensic Evidence (SAFE) kits to enable the collection and preservation of crucial DNA evidence in cases of sexual assault against women and children. Source: Deccan Herald.

Climate Change & Energy

Andhra Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission (APERC) adopts the Green Energy Open Access, Charges, and Banking Regulations, 2024. The regulations apply to granting open access for electricity generated from renewable energy sources for utilization within the state involving Intra-State Transmission Systems (lnSTS) and/or distribution systems of licensed entities. Source: Mercom; In detail: APERC Green Energy Open Access, Charges, and Banking Regulations, 2024.

Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC) issues regulatory approval to a 20 MW/ 40 MWh Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) in the state. The project is the first commercial standalone BESS project in the country and is expected to enable 24/7 power for over 12,000 low-income consumers. Source: ETN; In detail: DERC order.

Jharkhand State Electricity Regulatory Commission introduces the Framework for Resource Adequacy Regulations, 2024, aimed at ensuring adequate resources for electricity generation and transmission. Source: Solar Quarter; In detail: Jharkhand State Electricity Regulatory Commission (Framework for Resource Adequacy) 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

Tamil Nadu notifies the Indian Stamp (Tamil Nadu Amendment) Act, 2023, increasing the rate of stamp duty for more than 20 types of legal agreements. The hike is aimed at cutting the expenses incurred for printing stamp papers of lower denominations. Source: New Indian Express; In detail: Indian Stamp (Tamil Nadu Amendment) Act, 2023.

Nagaland institutes the Nagaland Political Affairs Committee (PAC) for the exclusive purpose of finding an inclusive solution to the ongoing Indo-Naga political issue. Source: Nagaland Tribune.

Water & Sanitation

Nothing critical to report this week.

Center – State Relations 

India registers 67.25 percent voter turnout in the fourth phase of the ongoing Lok Sabha elections covering 96 constituencies across 10 states. Source: The Hindu; In detail: Press release.

Any Other

The Supreme Court of India grants Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal an interim bail till June 1 which is when the final phase of voting for the ongoing Lok Sabha 2024 elections concludes. Source: NDTV; In detail: Court order.

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