States Weekly: November 15, 2023

Big News: Bihar passes the Bihar Reservation Of Vacancies In P&S (SC, ST & OBC) Amendment Bill 2023; Haryana releases the Haryana Solar Power Policy 2023; Karnataka introduces the draft Karnataka Electric Vehicles (EVs) 2023-28; Maharashtra approves the MaharashtraExport Promotion Policy 2023; and more.

Health 

Assam releases $16.2 million to the Assam Cancer Care Foundation (ACCF) for the construction of 10 cancer hospitals in the state. Source: Economic Times; In detail: Plan for hospitals

Climate Change & Energy

Haryana releases the revamped Haryana Solar Power Policy 2023 replacing the previous Haryana Solar Power Policy 2016. As per the policy, the state has a plan to install a cumulative 6 GW solar capacity by 2030. This includes 1.6 GW of rooftop solar power plants, 3.2 GW of ground-mounted solar power plants and the solarization of irrigation pumps with a capacity of 1.2 GW. Source: Solar quarter; In detail: Haryana Solar Power Policy 2023

Karnataka introduces the draft Karnataka Electric Vehicles (EVs) 2023-28 with the objective to attract an investment of $6 billion and generate job opportunities for 100,000 individuals. Source: Swarajya

Tamil Nadu issues orders for waiving peak-hour electricity consumption charges for the MSME sector until installation of meters. The order also reduces network charges for rooftop solar connections by 50%. Source: Times of India

Joint Electricity Regulatory Commission (JERC) for the Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh introduces guidelines for load forecasts, resource plans, and power procurement process applicable to the Jammu and Kashmir Power Corporation Ltd (JKPCL) and distribution licensees in the region. Source: Kashmir Life; In detail: Regulations

Finance

Kerala Financial Corporation (KFC) launches the Kerala MSME Bill Discounting Platform aiming to ensure liquidity to MSMEs by discounting their outstanding bills. Source: New Indian Express

Industrial Policy & Business Regulations  

Maharashtra approves the MaharashtraExport Promotion Policy 2023, which aims to increase the state’s exports from the current 7% to 14%. The policy also hopes to attract foreign direct investment to the tune of $3 billion and generate 40,000 jobs. The policy will provide financial assistance of up to $6 million for export-oriented projects and $12 million for export-oriented industrial parks. Source: Hindustan Times; In detail: Cabinet decisions (in Marathi)

Kerala launches the Invest Kerala web portal and the Kerala Responsible Industry Incentive Scheme portal to streamline investment processes and promote responsible industrial practices. Source: Daiji world; In detail: Invest Kerala, Kerala Responsible Industry Incentive Scheme

Land Acquisition &Labor Regulations  

Ladakh releases the draft Industrial Land Allotment Policy to seek suggestions and comments from general public by November 10. Source: Greater Kashmir; In detail: Ladakh Industrial Land Allotment Policy 2023

Infrastructure & Governance

Bihar passes the Bihar Reservation Of Vacancies In P&S. (SC, ST & OBC) Amendment Bill 2023 reserving seventy-five percent of positions in government jobs and educational institutions for people from marginalised castes and economically weaker sections. Source: The Wire; In detail: Bihar Reservation Of Vacancies In P. & S. (S C, S T & OBC) Amendment Bill 2023 (in Hindi)

Delhi releases the Right of Way (ROW) Policy 2023, to expedite the deployment of underground infrastructure and over ground telecom infrastructure in the state. Source: Economic Times; In detail: The Delhi Right of Way (RoW) Policy for Underground Infrastructure and Over-ground Telecommunications Infrastructure, 2023

Haryana releases the Haryana Ex-Situ Management of Paddy Straw Policy 2023 aimed at utilising paddy straw for sustainable energy and curbing crop residue burning practices by 2027. Source: NDTV; In detail: Scheme details

Center – State Relations 

Nothing critical to report this week.

Any Other

Nothing critical to report this week.

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