Update on India’s States: July 10, 2019

Karnataka’s government on life support after defections from Congress-led coalition; infrastructure gets a boost in Tripura and Tamil Nadu; Madhya Pradesh, Nagaland and Haryana launch new programs on agriculture; Andhra Pradesh revaluates renewable energy PPAs from previous regime; Kerala-based manufacturer makes EV play, and more.

Center – State relations

The Union Agriculture Ministry accepted the Nagaland government’s proposal to implement the Prime Minister Farmers’ Welfare Scheme – PM-KISAN – in accordance with the unique landholding system of the Nagas. Source: Nagaland Post In Detail: PM-KISAN Operational Guidelines

The Andhra Pradesh government established a committee to deliberate the costs in all the high-priced power purchase agreements for wind and solar power projects signed during the previous Chandrababu Naidu-led government, alleging corruption. Source: Mercom

Nothing critical to report this week.

Nothing critical to report this week.

Gujarat finance minister Nitin Patel presented the state’s modified budget with an overall surplus of $83.5 million and a budget size of $29.7 billion for the year 2019-20. Source: Business Standard

The Haryana government launched the ‘Meri Fasal Mera Byora’ portal where farmers can access benefits of several government schemes directly after uploading their crop-related details. Source: Business Standard In detail: Meri Fasal Meri Byora Portal

Karnataka’s year-old Congress-Janata Dal coalition government is on life support after a minister resigned and came out in support of the BJP, giving it a narrow edge in the assembly. Source: NDTV

The 15th Finance Commission has sought a detailed “note” from the Congress-run Madhya Pradesh government on its ambitious farm loan waiver scheme. Source: Economic Times In Detail: Press Release

Maharashtra achieved first rank in NITI Aayog’s “Agricultural Marketing and Farmer Friendly Reforms Index,” which ranks states based on the degree of reforms they have undertaken in agricultural marketing. Source: Economic Times In detail: Agricultural Marketing and Farmer Friendly Reforms Index  – Economic Survey Report

The Maharashtra assembly passed an amendment bill to the Socially and Educationally Backward Class Act to reduce the overall Maratha reservation from 16 percent to 12 percent and to 13 percent in education and government jobs respectively. Source: India Today

Nothing critical to report this week.

Tamil Nadu chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami commissioned three projects and laid the foundation for 13 projects involving a total investment of $367.1 million and potential to create 9,300 jobs. Source: The Hindu Business Line In Detail: Press Release (Tamil)

Nothing critical to report this week.

In a bid to establish a direct contact between the people and chief minister’s office, the Yogi Adityanath government launched a toll-free helpline to enable people from across the state to register their complaints. Source: Zee Business In Detail: Press Release (Hindi)

The West Bengal government announced a 10 percent reservation in government jobs and educational institutions for those belonging to the economically weaker sections category. Source: India Today

In a setback to Mamata Banerjee, the center refused to clear the government’s proposal to change the name of the state to ‘Bangla’, saying the move required constitutional amendment.Source: News 18

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Arunachal Pradesh

The center gave clearance, after a 14 year pending period, for petroleum mining lease for 13 oil wells in Arunachal Pradesh. Source: Times of India


The Chattisgarh government has decided to increase the retirement age of industrial laborers working in private sectors from 58 to 60 years. Source: Business Standard

Himachal Pradesh

The Himachal Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission has set a tariff of $0.024 (Rs. 1.70) per kilowatt-hour (kWh) for FY 2019-2020 for the sale of power from BASPA II, a 300 megawatt hydropower project located on Baspa River in the Kinnaur district. Source: Mercom

The Himachal Pradesh cabinet decided to abolish the state administrative tribunal, despite opposition by lawyers, who claim that the move will affect thousands of government employees. Source: Business Standard


An indigenous electric three-wheeler with German battery technology created by Kerala Automobiles, running at a cost of just $0.0073 per kilometer, will debut on Indian roads by September. Source: Financial Express


The Ministry of Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises approved three cluster projects worth $2 million for Manipur. Source: Nagaland Post


The Nagaland state government has announced 15 days paternity leave for male state government employees as per the Central Civil Service (Pension) Rules, 1972. Source: Morung Express In Detail: Central Civil Services (Pension) Rules, 1972


India’s Economic Survey highlighted Odisha as a leader in mineral production. According to the survey, Odisha contributed 34 percent of total mineral production in India and is a major supplier in limestone, iron ore, manganese ore, and metal products. Source: Business Standard In Detail: Economic Survey, 2018-2019


The center has sanctioned an additional amount of $52.2 million for construction of new roads in rural areas of Tripura. Source: The Hindu


In a bid to recover stressed loans, the Uttarakhand government launched a one-time settlement scheme for those who have taken a loan of up to $87,540 from co-operative banks. Source: Business Standard


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