Update on India’s States: March 4, 2020

Andhra Pradesh releases $415.67 million to clear power dues; Madhya Pradesh tops in land digitization survey; Bihar, Gujarat, Haryana, and Punjab present state budgets; Tamil Nadu drafts action plan on climate change; Union Cabinet approves adaptation of central laws in Jammu and Kashmir; and more.

Center – State relations

The environment ministry has released a draft version of battery waste management rules. The rules include establishment of an R&D cell for battery recycling, and online monitoring. Source: Auto car India In Detail: Draft Rules

Lenders will have a right to replace a defaulting city gas licensee with a new entity. The proposed amendment by the Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board will help expedite financial closure. Source: Economic Times In Detail: Draft Proposal

The Andhra Pradesh government released a sum of $415.67 million to clear long- pending power dues. Source: Economic Times In Detail: GO No: RT-17

The Appellate Tribunal For Electricity has disallowed tariff cuts by state-owned power distribution companies. Source: Financial Express In Detail: Judgement

Bihar’s $28.8 billion budget is focused on education, health, and infrastructure. The budget included a $4.8 billion budget allocation for education and $1.4 billion for healthcare. Source: Times of India In detail: Budget Summary

Nothing critical to report this week.

Gujarat budget provides $124 million subsidy for a residential solar scheme. For farmers, the budget provides $61 million for solarization of 18,500 grid-connected pumps. Source: The Hindu Business Line In detail: Budget

Haryana budget of $19.6 billion included an allocation of $901.7 million for the health sector, and $204 million allocation for a scheme aimed at providing financial and social security. Source: Hindustan Times In detail: Budget

The Haryana Electricity Regulatory Commission state advisory committee has lowered the rate of electricity for agriculture industries. The flat unit charge of $0.10 per kilowatt-hour (kWh) is reduced to $0.06 per kWh. Source: Times of India

Nothing critical to report this week.

Madhya Pradesh tops the chart in the National Council of Applied Economic Research Land Record Services Index. The index assesses the extent of digitization of land records and the quality of these land records in India. Source: Financial Express In detail: Press Release

Nothing critical to report this week.

Nothing critical to report this week.

Tamil Nadu has released its draft action plan on climate change. The plan proposes to carry out 199 planned activities in seven key sectors by 2030. Source: Times of India In detail: Draft

Nothing critical to report this week.

Nothing critical to report this week.

Nothing critical to report this week.

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Jammu and Kashmir

The Union Cabinet has approved an order for adaptation of central laws under the concurrent list in the Union territory of Jammu and Kashmir. All central laws will be applicable to Jammu and Kashmir with effect from October 31, 2019. Source: First Post In detail: Press Release

Punjab

The Punjab budget includes reduction of government employees’ retirement age to 58 years, free education up to class 12, and a waiver of Change of Land Use charges for two years for new industries. Source: Mint In detail: Press Release

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