States Weekly: October 18, 2023

Big News: Maharashtra releases strategy for Pumped Hydropower Storage projects in the state; Tami Nadu announces a tax amnesty scheme, “Samadhan Scheme;” Haryana approves the Haryana Municipal Urban Built-Plan Reform Policy, 2023 to permit the conversion of residential plots into commercial; Karnataka constitutes the fifth State Finance Commission to seek recommendations on Urban Local Bodies and Panchayati Raj institutions; and more.

Health

Punjab announces the establishment of Midwifery Led Care Units (MLCU) at public healthcare facilities with an aim to provide high quality maternal and newborn healthcare services in the state. Source: Punjab News Express; In detail: Press Release

Climate Change & Energy

Odisha signs three pivotal Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) with the Rural Electrification Corporation (REC) aimed at further developing the green energy and thermal power infrastructure in the state. Source: Devdiscourse; In detail: Press release

Maharashtra announces a strategy for pumped hydropower storage (PHS) projects, aiming to attract private sector investment in the hydropower sector. Source: Mumbai Live; In detail: Cabinet Decision

Uttar Pradesh New & Renewable Energy Development Agency (UPNEDA) signs a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with The Nature Conservancy (TNC) to pursue targeted interventions towards accelerating utility scale solar and wind energy development across the state. Source: Economic Times

Haryana announces the Haryana Ex-Situ Management of Paddy Straw Policy-2023 aimed at promoting the use of paddy straw for sustainable energy and curb crop residue burning practice by 2027. Source: Hindustan Times; In detail: Press release

Finance

Tami Nadu announces the “Samadhan Scheme”, aiming to help traders settle their tax dues, penalty, and interest. The scheme will be in force between October 16, 2023, and February 15, 2024, and aims to help the state recoup tax dues worth $3 billion. Source: The Hindu; In detail: Press Release (Tamil)

Industrial Policy & Business Regulations  

Kerala announces a 40% capital investment subsidy limited to $240,128 to MSMEs under the Mission 1,000 initiative. The initiative, part of the “Make in Kerala” programme aims to identify and scale up 1,000 MSME units in the state to achieve a turnover of $12 billion in four years. Source: New Indian Express; In detail: Guidelines, Government order

Tamil Nadu sets up an online gaming authority that was initially announced under the Prohibition of Online Gambling and Regulation of Online Games Act, 2022. The online gaming authority is aimed at regulating online games and issue certificates to gaming platforms and operators. Source: G2G; In detail: Press Release

Land Acquisition & Labor Regulations  

Haryana approves the Haryana Municipal Urban Built-Plan Reform Policy, 2023 to permit the conversion of residential plots into commercial ones within planned schemes. Source: NDTV; In detail: Press Release

Infrastructure & Governance

Karnataka constitutes the fifth State Finance Commission, tasked with formulating recommendations on the division and allocation of resources after reviewing the financial position of Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) and Panchayat Raj institutions. Source: Deccan Herald

Uttar Pradesh approves the Chief Minister Green Road Infrastructure Development Scheme (Urban) with an outlay of $60 million, to construct roads in urban areas in the state. Source: Zeebiz; In detail: Cabinet Decisions

Assam approves the construction of a 1000-km "High-Speed Economic Corridor" road project with a cost of $360 million. Source: Business Standard

Delhi Women and Child Development Department approves various measures for transgender people, including the addition of a “third gender” category in job application forms and the setting up of monitoring cells to protect them from abuse. Source: New Delhi Times; In detail: Circular

Maharashtra approves the “Lek Ladki Yojana” for families with annual income up to $1,201.51. Under the scheme, the beneficiary families will receive $1200 from the birth of a girl child until she turns 18 years of age, in gradual stages. Source: Indian Express; In detail: Cabinet Decision

Meghalaya launches the CM Elevate Programme with an outlay of $36 million. The programme aimed at supporting young entrepreneurs in the state, will provide grants up to 75% of the total project, and is expected to benefit 20,000 people. Source: India Today; In detail: CM Elevate Scheme document

Center – State Relations 

Central Electricity Authority (CEA) releases Guidelines for Slope Stability for Hydro Power Projects in the aftermath of the Sikkim floods which impacted hydro power projects of over 2,000MW in the state. The guidelines aim to take into consideration past slope failures and the existence of unstable slopes in the project area and recommend necessary remedial measures for slope stabilization of hydro power projects prior to construction, during construction, and post-commissioning of the project. Source: ETN; In detail: Guidelines for Slope Stability in Hydro Power Projects

Any Other

Nothing critical to report this week.

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