Update on India’s States: May 12, 2016


Telangana next in line to allow women to work at night, UAE businesses owned by Indians commit close to $4 billion dollars in Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra to supply free cloud-based software to small and medium businesses, Haryana institutes a district-level committee to clear investment projects

Center – State relations

Union mines minister Narendra Singh Tomar has called a meeting with his state counterparts to discuss key issues in the mining sector such as states’ mining auction preparedness and setting up of District Mineral Foundation (DMF), curbing illegal mining, and the responsibility of state governments to establish certification and monitoring of mining plans. Source: Business Standard

Detailed: Press Release

Union power minister Piyush Goyal announced that within three weeks, state governments will be able to sell $15 billion worth of bonds. Currently, only 10 states have signed up for the power bailout scheme. Source: Economic Times

In the last financial year, Madhya Pradesh ranked highest in attracting wind energy capacity additions followed by Rajasthan, Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh. Due to tariff-related issues, Tamil Nadu has not added any installations since 2012-13. Source: Business Standard

Azure Power announced the commissioning of its solar power plants in three States with a combined capacity of 88 megawatts (MW). The projects are a 50 MW plant in Andhra Pradesh, two plants with a total capacity of 28 MW plant in Punjab and a 10 MW plant in Karnataka. Source: Hindu Business Line

Detailed: Press release


 BRS Ventures of Abu Dhabi signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the government of Andhra Pradesh to invest $1.8 billion in healthcare, education, tourism, hospitality and infrastructure in the new capital city of Amaravati. Source: Hindu Business Line

Detailed: Press release

ACME has received the largest share of solar energy projects in Andhra Pradesh and will be able to provide power at Rs. 4.43 per unit. ACME’s portfolio now includes 310 MW in Andhra. Spain-based Fotowatio Renewable Ventures also entered Andhra’s solar sector by winning a 100 MW project. Source: Economic Times, Hindu Business Line

Detailed: Press release

Nothing critical to report this week.


The Delhi Government published a report on the estimates of state domestic product 2015-16. Delhi is expected to experience a growth of 13 percent in its GDP along with $420 increase in per capita income in 2015-16. Source: Hindustan Times

Detailed: Estimates of State Domestic Product 2015-16



 The Gujarat government issued a government resolution assigning minority status to the Jain community. The Jain community holds approximately 1 percent of the entire population of the state. Source: The Hindu

The Solar Rooftop project, initiated by the Gujarat Energy Development Agency (GEDA), will be launched to provide grid-connected rooftop solar power units. The agency has received over 150 applications, and is considering setting up a special cell to provide the appropriate clearances to residential property owners. Source: Economic Times

Detailed: Application Form with regulations


Haryana has instituted a District Level Clearance Committee (DLCC) for easier facilitation of investment coming in. The DLCC will be able to clear projects with investment up to $1.5 million or up to one acre of land. Source: Times of India

Haryana is the only BJP-led state that is not in full agreement with Modi government’s initiative to abolish interviews for all non-gazetted government jobs at the Group B, C and D levels. Source: Economic Times


Karnataka is punishing restaurants/bars that serve alcohol under a 2003 rule that requires these establishments to procure at least 132 gallons of liquor per month. This penalty has affected over 150 restaurants that serve alcohol, and the licenses to serve alcohol will not be renewed till the penalties are paid.

Source: Economic Times

The Karnataka government has issued $18.8 million to revive old industrial areas that need upgradation of roads, drains, water and power supply for efficient production. Source: Hindu Business Line

State-run Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd (BHEL) announced a 600 MW coal-based thermal power plant project that will be commissioned in Madhya Pradesh. Source: Economic Times


The Maharashtra government signed a MoU with 3D design company Autodesk in order to support local micro, small and medium enterprises in the manufacturing sector. Autodesk will provide free cloud-based software for the design and manufacturing needs of the local businesses that are registered and have an annual turnover of less than $150,000. Source: Hindu Business Line

Maharashtra has fast-tracked infrastructure projects works $7.5 billion under the revised land acquisition policy. This policy was framed under the center’s land acquisition act that offers five times the reckoner rate for the land, and has the choice of providing employment rather than a one-time compensation for project-affected persons (PAPs). Source: Business Standard

The Maharashtra revenue department has directed that Wakf properties that have been illegally transferred, sold or leased, be re-registered under Wakf property. This move by the government will protect the reckoner rates of the land, allows immediate removal of encroachments, and formalizes the process of a lease agreement.  Source: Economic Times

Detailed: Maharashtra State Board Wakf Rules

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Despite being unable to add wind energy capacity since 2012-13, Tamil Nadu is ranked highest in solar power capacity addition in 2015-16. Source: Hindu Business Line

Malaysian minister for International Trade and Industry met with Telangana minister for IT, Municipal Administration and Industries to discuss potential of Malaysia’s involvement in developing industrial parks and cooperation in sectors like education, innovation and food processing. Source: India Today

Larsen and Toubro, the engineering company, has requested the Telangana government to extend the construction deadline for its 44-mile metro rail project in Hyderabad. It is also seeking compensation for various impediments that have cost the company an overrun of $300 million raising the overall cost of the project to $3 billion. Source: Economic Times

Telangana is aiming to confirm a stronger retail policy that allows women to work at night, and will allow the option of self-certification and filing of annual returns for registered enterprises. Source: Hindu Business Line



Five Indian-owned businesses based in UAE are committing $3.68 billion towards infrastructure and industrial development initiatives undertaken by the Uttar Pradesh government. Source: Economic Times


West Bengal registered a 84.24 percent voter turnout in its sixth and last phase of Assembly elections. The results of these elections will be announced on May 19. Source: India Today

Detailed: Press release


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