Update on India’s States: June 6, 2018


Central government agencies agree to provide $208.8 million for Polavaram Irrigation Project in Andhra Pradesh; Gujarat invites tenders for procuring 1,000 MW power on a short-term basis; World Bank to provide $21.7 million loan for strengthening the public financial management in Rajasthan; Energy Efficiency Services Limited will invest close to $537 million in Uttar Pradesh under power saving and conservation projects; and more.

Center – State relations

Mizoram, Odisha, Punjab, Chhattisgarh, Goa, and Jammu & Kashmir, will make the e-way bill a requirement for intra-state movement of goods effective June 1 and Tamil Nadu and West Bengal from June 2, and June 3, respectively. Source: Economic Times

State-run Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL) is implementing the seven million solar study lamp program of the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) in collaboration with the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, as a business model for distribution of solar lamps throughout the country. Source: Business Standard

The Ministry of Power has launched a web portal called PRAAPTI (Payment Ratification and Analysis in Power Procurement for bringing Transparency in Invoicing of generators) to ensure transparency in financial transactions in the power sector. Source: Mercom; In detail: Press Release


The Ministry of Water Resources, National Water Development Agency, and National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) signed a Memorandum of Agreement to provide $208.8 million as part of the central government share for Polavaram Irrigation Project. Source: Indian Express

The Andhra Pradesh government launched a Zero Based Natural Farming scale-out program, to benefit six million farmers by 2024. The state agriculture department a signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), with the Sustainable India Finance Facility, an initiative based on the partnership between the United Nations Environment Program, the World Agroforestry Center, and BNP Paribas. Source: Business Standard

Unemployed graduates in Andhra Pradesh will get a monthly allowance of $15 each. Source: Business World


Nothing critical to report this week.


The Delhi government is drafting a start-up policy to encourage and foster the growth of entrepreneurship in the national capital, with a vision to create a world-class start-up ecosystem in Delhi through strategic investment and policy interventions as well as to leverage the robust innovation climate in the national capital. Source: NDTV

Delhi residents will get 40 government services from eight government departments at their homes from July. Source: Hindustan Times


Gujarat has invited new tenders for procuring 1,000 megawatt (MW) power on a short-term basis between August 1, 2018, and June 30, 2019 under the ‘flexible utilization of coal’ program. Source: Financial Express; In detail: Original Press Release of Program

Tata Power Community Development Trust has partnered with Coastal Gujarat Power Limited for a project called Suryoday. The program aims to power all the households in Tunda village of Gujarat with rooftop solar installations. Source: Mercom


The Haryana Cabinet approved a comprehensive affordable housing policy:  ‘Housing for all-2018’ for core areas of municipalities in the state. Source: Money Control 

President Ram Nath Kovind has accorded his assent to The Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation, and Resettlement (Haryana Amendment) Bill, 2017. The Manohar Lal Khattar Government in Haryana was awaiting the president’s assent to the bill passed by the State Assembly in March 2017. The bill recommended incorporating Section 101-A in the Right to Fair Compensation Act, 2013 to provide the state government power to de-notify a land acquired for a project. Source: Daily Pioneer; In detail: Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land  Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement (Haryana Amendment) Act, 2017


The Congress and the JD(S) will contest the 2019 Lok Sabha polls together. The parties announced the power-sharing deal for their coalition government in Karnataka where Congress got control of 22 ministries including home, irrigation, health, agriculture and women, and child welfare and the JD(S) will handle 12 ministries, including finance & excise, PWD, education, tourism, and transport. Source: Times of India

Solar microinverter supplier Enphase Energy and solar module manufacturer Waaree Energies Ltd. have announced their 4.5 MW solar project installation in Hosapet, Karnataka. The project will generate more than 7,500 megawatt-hours (MWh) of solar power annually. Source: Mercom


Asian Development Bank will provide $375 million (about Rupees 2,532 crore) loan for a project to improve irrigation in Madhya Pradesh. The total cost of the project cost is $535.1 million, of which $160.71 million will be provided by the government. Source: Money Control; In Detail: Press Release


The Maharashtra government has announced the opening of a ‘sandbox’ to boost start-ups, in its efforts to develop the financial capital into a fintech hub. The state has a dedicated fintech policy, and is also planning to have a dedicated ‘Fintech Officer’ in the Department of Information Technology. The sandbox is a safe zone to test financial innovations through limited rollout of new products to select customers. Source: The Hindu Business Line

The Maharashtra government signed MOUs with Mahindra & Mahindra and Tata Motors to promote electric vehicles in the State. Source: The Hindu Business Line


The World Bank will provide a $21.7 million loan for strengthening the public financial management system in Rajasthan. Specifically, the aim is to improve budget execution and greater revenue efficiency. Source: Money Control; In detail: Press Release

Rajasthan Electricity Regulatory Commission approved no increase in the electricity rates for the current financial year 2018-19 for the state’s electricity distribution companies. Source: Daily News Analysis; In detail: ARR Order of Discoms for FY 18-19


Tangedco harnessed 13 billion kilowatt-hours (kWh) or units of wind energy and 2.9 billion kWh / units of solar energy in 2017-18. The state had an installed capacity of 11,113 MW of clean energy on March 31, 2018, as compared to 10,480 MW at the end of the previous financial year. Source: Times of India


The Telangana State Electricity Regulatory Commission has issued regulations for the forecasting, scheduling, and deviation settlement of solar and wind generation sources. Source: Mercom India; In detail: Telangana State Electricity Regulatory Commission Regulations, 2018

The state-level sanctioning committee on Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana (PMKSY), which oversees implementation of the Accelerated Irrigation Benefit Programme , gave financial approval of $1 billion for the current year to carry out agriculture-related programs in the state. Source: Telangana Today

As part of the national policy to turn India into a gas-based economy, oil regulator Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board (PNGRB) sought bids from investors for 20 districts in Telangana entailing an investment of $1.5 billion. Source: Times of India


EESL will invest close to $537 million in Uttar Pradesh under various power saving and conservation projects and raise funds from agencies like Asian Development Bank (ADB). Source: Business Standard

The Uttar Pradesh government signed an MOU with Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority (YEIDA), Noida and Greater Noida Industrial Development Authorities to monitor and fast-track the work on the greenfield Jewar International Airport. Source: Economic Times

The state government has allocated $60 million for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s flagship National Health Protection Scheme (NHPS) known as “Modicare.” Under the program, the center and the respective state will share the cost in a ratio of 60:40.  Source: Business Standard


The state government notified the West Bengal Housing Industry Regulation Act (HIRA) on June 1, diluting at least two key provisions of Real Estate Regulatory Act, with regard to common space and force majeure, in a way that favors developers. Source: The Hindu Business Line

Best of The Rest

Chhattisgarh

Work has started on India’s first advanced ultra-supercritical thermal power plant with 800 MW capacity in the Sipat station of the National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) in Chhattisgarh. Source: Business Standard

Jammu and Kashmir

To assure improved electricity supply in the coming months the center has released $1.2 billion to the power sector in the state.  Source: Economic Times

Kerala

With effect from June 1, Kerala government has reduced excise tax on petrol and diesel making the fuel cheaper by 1.4 cents. Source: Zee Business

Manipur

President of India Ram Nath Kovind has given his assent to the Union Cabinet’s approval on an ordinance to set up the country’s first national sports university in Manipur. Source: Times of India

Meghalaya

In the Ampati assembly bypoll held in Meghalaya, the Congress Party won. In Meghalaya’s 60-member assembly, Congress now has 21 members after the Ampati win, making it the single largest party in the house. Source: Money Control

Nagaland

The National Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) and BJP alliance in Nagaland won in the bypoll elections for Nagaland parliamentary constituency.

Source: India Today

Odisha

The Odisha government signed an MOU with the Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH India to prepare a ‘Comprehensive Low Carbon Mobility Plan’ for the smart city Bhubaneswar.  Source: Odisha TV

The Odisha government approved five investment proposals worth $225 million which will create employment opportunities for 2,155 people at the 78th meeting of the State Level Single Window Clearance Authority (SLSWCA). Source: Business Standard

Sikkim

The Sikkim government has approved minimum support price (MSP) for various organic horticultural commodities, mostly vegetables, being produced in the state in order to protect the interests of the farming community. Source: Business Standard

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