Update on India’s States: April 21, 2016

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Prime Minister Modi announces e-trading platform for agriculture produce, Rajasthan relaxes is “two child policy” for government employees, Uttar Pradesh leading in public-private partnerships, Naidu approaches World Bank for building Andhra’s capital, ADB to provide $300 million for roads in Uttar Pradesh, Delhi bans surge pricing by Uber & Ola during odd-even scheme

Center-State relations

Piyush Goyal, Minister of State (IC) for Power, Coal and New & Renewable Energy launched thee DEEP (Discovery of Efficient Electricity Price) e-Bidding & e-Reverse Auction portal for procurement of short term power by state power distribution companies (discoms). All states have been asked to share their power purchase data in order to curb illegal transactions and to reduce prices by increasing competition. Source: Livemint

In Detail: Government Press Release

Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched an e-trading platform for agricultural produce, the National Agricultural Market, which will allow farmers in eight states to sell their produce online, avoiding bottlenecks at local markets. Source: Indian Express

In Detail: Press Release

Andhra Pradesh will likely not receive approval from the central government to increase its fiscal deficit to more than 3 percent. The state’s total debt is currently worth nearly 28 percent of state GDP, exceeding the legal limit by 3 percentage points. Source: Hindu Business Line

The Andhra Pradesh government has approached the World Bank for a loan of $990 million for construction and development of the new capital city of Amaravati. Source: Deccan Chronicle

Suzlon Group announced a 105 megawatt (MW) order of solar power from independent power producer Greenko Group. The project will be built in Andhra Pradesh and commissioned by January 2017. Source: Hindu Business Line

Nothing critical to report.

Delhi’s second fortnight-long experiment with road rationing began on April 18th. Taxi apps Uber and Ola suspended surge pricing after Delhi Chief Minister threatened them with legal action. Source: Economic Times

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The Gujarat government was forced to impose a curfew in the northern city of Mehsana after the Patel community renewed widespread agitations there. The government also suspended mobile data services in three of Gujarat’s largest cities. Source: Indian Express

Inox Wind Ltd, an Indian wind energy solution provider, announced two power unit orders of 50MW each in Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh. The project is estimated to provide power to 50,000 households. Source: Business Standard

In Detail: Press release

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Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar announced an increase of ten percent in medical and six percent in dearness allowances for government employees, at an estimated cost to the state of $47 million per year. Source: Business Standard

The Haryana Government renamed the Delhi suburb of Gurgaon, one of India’s top business destinations, to Gurugram. The government explained the change as a bid to return the city to its original name. Source: Economic Times

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Four Indian companies—Yarrow Infrastructure, Adani Power, Acme Solar, Tata Power—and a Finnish company, Fortum, will collaborate to build a 500MW solar park in Karnataka. Source: Business Standard

In Detail: Press Release

State-run power equipment maker BHEL won a $42.3 million order to set up a 50 MW solar project in Madhya Pradesh. Source: Economic Times

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The Maharashtra legislature unanimously passed the Prohibition of Social Boycott Bill, making it a crime to use extra-judicial sanctions such as ostracism to punish perceived violations of caste or community traditions. The bill carries punitive measures of up to seven years in prison and/or a fine of up to $7500 .Source: Indian Express

In Detail: Maharashtra Prohibition of Social Boycott Bill

The Maharashtra Assembly unanimously passed the Dance Bar Regulation Bill, allowing dance bars to reopen as long as they comply with regulations protecting women and restricted opening hours. Source: Economic Times

The Comptroller and Attorney General reported that Maharashtra’s per-capita debt increased from $259 in 2010-11 to $317 in 2014-15. The 45 percent increase brought the state’s total debt to $48 billion. Source: Economic Times

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Rajasthan topped national rankings of solar power production with 1,264 MWs of capacity. Gujarat came second with 1,024 MWs. Source: Hans India

The Rajasthan government announced relaxation on rules for state employees to have a third child. In June 2002, the government had imposed a two-child policy for new employees and restrictions on promoting employees who would choose to have three children. Source: Economic Times ,Times of India

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Nothing critical to report.

The Telangana government has approached the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to raise $600 million through a bond auction. The money will be used for irrigation projects, building water grids, and affordable housing. Source: Deccan Chronicle

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The Associated Chambers of Commerce and infrastructure company SREI reported that Uttar Pradesh has the highest share of public-private partnership projects in India. About 15 percent of such projects are located in Uttar Pradesh. Source: Economic Times

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a project loan of $300 million to upgrade 248 miles of major roads in Uttar Pradesh, with an emphasis on improved maintenance and road safety. Source: Business Standard

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West Bengal completed its second phase of voting in legislative assembly elections on April 17. More than 79 percent of the 12 million eligible voters voted for 56 assembly seats being contested by 383 candidates. Source: Indian Express

In Detail: Press Release

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