Update on India’s States: November 27, 2019

Maharashtra power-sharing struggle continues with BJP’s Fadnavis taking chief minister seat – resigning 80 hours later; Andhra Pradesh cancels all existing bars licenses, releases new solar & wind policies; Haryana creates a Department of Foreign Cooperation; Karnataka approves night-shift employment of women; Rajasthan releases Startup and Innovation Policy 2019; Telangana transportation strike ends after 52 days; Assam releases new land policy 2019; Kerala passes MSME Facilitation Bill 2019; and more.

Center – State relations

Nothing critical to report this week.

The Andhra Pradesh government has canceled the licenses of all existing bars in the state, under a new Bar Policy 2020-2021. The new license application fee is set at $13,937 and the state will charge additional non-refundable annual registration charges of up to $209,300. Source: NDTV In detail: Bar Policy 2020-2021

The Andhra Pradesh government has decided to set up a maritime board that will come into effect December 16. Source: Times of India

German development bank KfW has agreed to lend $241.8 million to the Andhra Pradesh government for expanding Zero-Budget Natural Farming in the state. The state government is asking for another $345.5 million from the Department of Economic Affairs. Source: Money Control

The Andhra Pradesh government has amended its solar and wind power policies, taking even more control over setting tariffs from power generation units. Source: Financial Express

The winter session of the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly is likely to begin on December 9, instead of December 2 as originally proposed. Source: The Hindu

Nothing critical to report this week.

Nothing critical to report this week.

Gujarat government launched a web portal to allow industrial units to make online application for waiver of electricity duty. Source: Times of India In Detail: Collector of Elecricity Duty

The Gujarat government unveiled the integrated online revenue applications 2.0, which brings nineteen services under the revenue department online. Source: Business Standard

The Haryana state government has decided to create a new department called the Department of Foreign Cooperation to focus on initiatives taken by the state for the promotion of investment, youth employment, and welfare of Non-Resident Indians. Source: Jagran Josh

The Karnataka government approved night-shift employment of women workers in the factories registered under the Factories Act 1948, thus signalling a growing shift in the mindsets of lawmakers who have resisted earlier attempts over concerns of safety and exploitation. Source: Live Mint

The Asian Development Bank will provide a $91 million loan to modernize the Vijayanagara Channel irrigation systems and prepare river basin management plans in the Krishna river. Source: Outlook In detail: Press Release

The first flight has departed from Kalaburagi airport, built at a cost of $25.2 million on 742 acres of land. Source: Deccan Herald In detail: Press Release

According to state legal affairs minister PC Sharma, the cultivation of cannabis will be legalized in the state for medicinal or industrial purposes. Source: News18

The Maharashtra power-sharing struggle continues. On November 23, Devendra Fadnavis (BJP) took oath as chief minister with Ajit Pawar (NCP) on oath as deputy chief minister. After a Supreme Court sided with Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress request for an immediate floor test to prove majority, both Fadnavis and Pawar resigned. Now Uddhav Thackeray (Shiv Sena) is set to be sworn in as chief minister on November 28. Source: Hindustan Times

The Rajasthan government released the draft of Startup and Innovation Policy 2019 as part of its Rajasthan Innovation Vision for reforms in the state’s entrepreneurship ecosystem. The policy is available in public domain for comments from stakeholders and members of the ecosystem by December 7, 2019. Source: Financial Express In detail: Rajasthan Startup & Innovation Policy 2019 – Draft

The Congress Party in Rajasthan has registered impressive victories in urban local body polls, winning 11 of 17 municipal councils. The BJP was able to win only three municipal councils in the Rajasthan local body elections. Source: India Today

Tamil Nadu emerges as the top state in terms of solar capacity, at 32.6 gigawatts by the end of the third quarter of 2019, according to report by Mercom Capital Group. Source: The Hindu

The Telangana State Road Transport Corporation Joint Action Committee called off its 52 day long strike, but tension prevailed in different parts of Hyderabad on Tuesday when nearly 800 employees who tried to resume their duties were detained by the police. Source: Live Mint

Nothing critical to report this week.

Nothing critical to report this week.

Best of the Rest

Assam

Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal released the new Land Policy 2019 prepared by Revenue and Disaster Management Department. The policy aims to address flooding and erosion in the state, restricting development near rivers, and allowing the government to allot land to displaced farmers. Source: Economic Times In Detail: Assam Land Policy 2019

The Assam cabinet has approved Assam Bamboo and Cane Policy. The policy aims at protection of biodiversity, enhancement of resources, enhancing employment opportunity and livelihood security for the local people. Source: Economic Times

Kerala

The state assembly passed Kerala Micro-Small-Medium Enterprises Facilitation Bill 2019. According to the new bill, investments up to $13,937 will not require any prior license from the state government for the first three years, after which necessary licenses must be procured within six months. Source: India Today

The Kerala government decided to ban single-use-plastic products from January 1, 2020.  Source: Economic Times

Meghalaya

The Meghalaya government is seeking to amend the Meghalaya Residents’ Safety and Security Act of 2016 through an Ordinance, which will make it compulsory to those visiting the state for more than 24 hours to get a permit. Source: The National Herald

Mizoram

The state assembly passed the Mizoram Salaries, Allowances and Pension of Members of Legislative Assembly (amendment) Bill, raising the monthly salary and allowances of a member of the legislative assembly from $906 to $2,090. Source: The Wire

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