Update on India’s States: September 6, 2019

The Appellate Tribunal for Electricity blocks Andhra’s moves to harm power PPAs; Delhi government waives water arrears; Australia’s IEEFA expects Gujarat to add 46 GW of renewable power in 10 years; Haryana passes a new Enterprises Promotion Bill; Rajasthan launches a new health insurance program; Rajasthan and Utah sign an energy cooperation agreement; Rajasthan expands water subsidies; Tamil Nadu chief minister visits London; Assam finalizes National Register of Citizens list; Chhattisgarh expands job reservations; Tripura assembly passes Essential Services Maintenance Act; and more. 

Center – State relations

Union Home Minister Amit Shah chaired a review meeting, including seven chief ministers of states affected by Left Wing Extremism (LWE) and said that LWE is one of the most significant internal security challenges faced by the nation over the last several decades. Source: DNA

The environment ministry released over $6.54 billion to 27 states for compensatory afforestation and other green activities, including prevention of forest fire, biodiversity management, and soil conservation. Source: Economic Times In detail: Press Release

Following a high-level cabinet meeting, Union Ministers Prakash Javadekar and Piyush Goyal said at a press conference that the government has approved the establishment of 75 new medical colleges in the country. Javadekar said that the addition would lead to the creation 15,700 more Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) seats in India. Source: Business Today In detail: Press Release

Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Himachal Pradesh, and Puducherry topped the charts in the child well-being index, a tool designed to measure and tracks children’s well-being comprehensively. Meghalaya, Jharkhand, and Madhya Pradesh featured at the bottom, as per a report released by the non-government organization World Vision India and research institute IFMR LEAD. The report is an attempt to look at how India fairs on child well-being using a composite child well-being index. Source: The Hindu

The Appellate Tribunal for Electricity (APTEL) has provided temporary relief to renewable energy companies in Andhra Pradesh. The tribunal has directed the state regulatory commission not to allow the electricity distribution companies (discoms) to withdraw the proceedings pending for approval/adoption of tariff pertaining to the competitive bidding process.  Source: Financial Express

The prohibition and excise department opened 503 liquor shops under the first phase of its new excise policy. Though the new policy will come into force on October 1, the excise department has started to operate liquor shops in place of those that did not extend their licences after July 31. Source: Times of India

The Nitish Kumar government banned 12 pan masala brands in Bihar for a period of one year for containing magnesium carbonate which causes health problems, an official said. The decision was taken by the state government following the presence of magnesium carbonate in all the 20 samples of pan masala collected from nine districts by food safety officers. Source: First Post

The Bihar Renewable Energy Development Agency (BREDA) has issued two requests for proposal inviting bidders to develop grid-connected floating solar power projects. While one project of up to 2 megawatts (MW) will be developed on private water bodies, another 2 MW is slated to be developed on a government-owned body of water. Source: Mercom

The Delhi cabinet has approved free rides for women on DTC buses as well as its cluster buses. Women will be able to commute on DTC buses for free from October 29, which is also Bhai Duj. Source: Business Today

In a bid to clean records of consumers and make them pay their pending bills, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal announced a one-time waiver of water arrears. Source: Live Mint

The Delhi department of excise, entertainment & luxury tax, in a bizarre order, wants bar counters, whether at hotels/restaurants or bars attached to liquor shops, to dispose of the alcohol lying on their shelves un-exhausted or un-served within 3-8 days, depending on the type and price of the drink. Source: Financial Express

The Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) has identified Gujarat as one of five leading Indian states for renewable energy. The Australia-based think-tank expects Gujarat to add a staggering 46 gigawatts of new renewable energy generation capacity by fiscal 2029-30. Source: Times of India

In an attempt to boost the state’s economy, the state cabinet gave its approval to the Haryana Enterprises Promotion (Amendment) Bill, 2019, in a meeting headed by Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar. The proposed bill aims to make the existing Enterprises Promotion Act, 2016 more industry-friendly and increase the scope of services. Source: Times of India

Nothing critical to report this week.

Nothing critical to report this week.

Nothing critical to report this week.

The Ashok Gehlot-led Congress government in Rajasthan has decided to launch a new Health Insurance Scheme in the state by combining the Ayushman Bharat scheme of the Modi dispensation and the Bhamashah scheme brought during former chief minister Vasundhara Raje’s term. Source: India Today

The Rajasthan Government’s Department of Energy and the United States of America’s Utah Governor’s Office of Energy Development signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) as part of the U.S.-India State and Urban Initiative in Jaipur recently. The MOU will ensure cooperation between Utah and Rajasthan for mitigating challenges in the energy sector.  As per the MOU, Utah will help Rajasthan in the integration of resources and technology for renewable energy through policy exchanges, facilitating transfer of technology for energy storage, scheduling and forecasting, electric mobility, and strengthening of power transmission networks. Source: eGov

The Rajasthan government decided to provide 70 liters per person per day free water in 13 desert districts of the state via the Public Health and Engineering department, according to an official release. Chief minister Ashok Gehlot has approved the proposal moved by the state finance department, the release said. Source: The Wire

On his visit to London, Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami signed three key partnership agreements in the health sector on skills, tropical diseases, and other elements of healthcare.  Source: The New Indian Express In detail: Press Release

Start-up incubator T-Hub and Telangana government announced the launch of its three-month accelerator program T-Angel to support technology start-ups in healthcare, real estate, entertainment, sports, education, and finance sectors and to make them investible. Source: Financial Express

The Telangana government has created a digital database of 45,000 job vacancies in several companies and organizations. Telangana labor minister Malla Reddy launched the application DEEP (Digital Employment Exchange of Telangana) to improve the employment ecosystem in the state. “It will allow free interaction between job seekers and job providers on the platform that is powered by artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies,” Telangana IT and industries secretary Jayesh Ranjan has said. Source: The Hindu Business Line

The ban on plastic with thickness less than 50 microns will come into force in Uttar Pradesh from Sunday with a fine up to $1,392 and six months of imprisonment for violators, according to a state government order. Source: First Post

The West Bengal assembly passed a bill against mob assault and incidents of lynching, with the legislation providing for life imprisonment to those injuring a person and capital punishment for causing death.  Source: Business Today

Best of the Rest

Arunachal Pradesh

In a bid to boost India’s Act East policy in the energy sector, the center has signed a power purchase agreement between the government of Arunachal Pradesh and NHPC Limited for a supply of power from the 2,000 MW Subansiri Lower Hydroelectric Project. Source: Hindustan Times

Assam

Assam witnessed the publishing of the final list of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) which left out over 1.9 million people in the state. Now, uncertainty hangs over the fate of those 1.9 million people who have been left out of the final NRC list. Out of 33,027,661 applicants, 31,121,004 people have been found eligible for inclusion in the final NRC list. The 1.9 million excluded people include those who did not submit their claims. Source: India Today

Chhattisgarh

The Congress government in Chhattisgarh approved a proposal to introduce 10 percent reservation for the economically weaker section of the general category in jobs and education. Source: India Today

Goa

In a major boost to the homegrown start-ups, Goa chief minister Pramod Sawant announced financial support on behalf of the government to seventeen start-ups under its policy. Sawant chaired the fourth High-Powered committee meeting at Secretariat on Friday constituted under Goa Startup Policy 2017. Source: DaijiWorld.com

Himachal Pradesh

The Himachal Pradesh government introduced in the assembly a bill against forced religious conversion, seeking to replace the previous legislation and providing imprisonment up to seven years. Source: NDTV

Puducherry

Puducherry chief minister V Narayanasamy presented $1.17 billion budget for the fiscal 2019-2020 in the Assembly amidst vociferous protests by the opposition. Source: The Hindu Business Line

Punjab

With good dam levels at the beginning of the season, rains, and optimum operation of all hydropower plants, Punjab State Power Corporation Limited  has broken its previous record of generating power from hydro plants while registering a 69 percent jump in power during the current season as compared to last year. Source: Times of India

The Punjab State Farmers Commission has suggested limiting paddy cultivation to a maximum of four hectares per Punjab farmer, sourcing milk and eggs for mid-day meal scheme, cutting down on agricultural power subsidy for big farmers and setting up of a crop compensation fund for failed crops, and similar measures for reinvigorating agriculture in the state. Source: The Hindu Business Line

Sikkim

The Sikkim government has urged the center to withdraw its notification which opened up 24 peaks of the state to mountaineers, a top official said. The center has recently allowed mountaineering and trekking in 137 peaks across the country, including 24 peaks in Sikkim, in a bid to boost tourism. Source: NDTV

Tripura

Tripura chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb tabled the Essential Services Maintenance Act (ESMA) Bill, 2019 in the state assembly on the first day of monsoon season. Despite protests and a brief walkout by the opposition party, the Communist Party of India (Marxist) the ESMA Bill was passed by a voice vote in the house. Source: enewstime

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