Big News: Ministry of Power issues Late Payment Surcharge Rules 2022; Karnataka approves its Karnataka R&D Policy 2022; Manipur adopts resolution to introduce a National Registry of Citizens (NRC); Rajasthan and Andhra Pradesh rank first and second respectively in NITI Aayog’s Progress on SDGs report 2022; and more.
Industrial Policy & Business Regulations
Nothing Critical to report this week
Land Acquisition & Labor Regulations
Gujarat introduces policy reforms in its revenue rules which includes simplification of revenue process with administrative reform approach, stamp duty exemptions for charitable transfers, relief from difficulties in inheritance, and registration of lease pendency.
Infrastructure & Governance
Karnataka restructures the Karnataka State Policy and Planning Commission (KSPPC) as the State Institute for Transformation of Karnataka (SITK), composed of eight experts as advisors in different fields.
Madhya Pradesh constitutes a state-level permanent committee to encourage innovation and technology use. The committee will work to encourage use on the adoption of new materials, process and product technology, innovations and solutions in various work areas of government departments or governance, along with improvement in productivity, usability and quality.
Manipur adopts resolutions to set up a state population commission and implement the National Register of Citizens (NRC).
West Bengal orders all vehicles older than 15 years to be phased out within the next six months. The order states that all public transport vehicles below BS-IV (Bharat Stage) are to be phased out in the next six months so that only BS-VI vehicles ply after that in the state, including Kolkata and Howrah.
Oil & Gas
Nothing Critical to report this week
Water & Sanitation
Nothing critical to report this week
Power & Renewable Energy
Haryana Electricity Regulatory Commission (HERC) permits Haryana Power Purchase Centre (HPPC) to procure 150MW renewable energy for next 25 years while keeping in view the increased demand during the normal peak days.
Jammu and Kashmir constitutes a steering committee on energy transition. The committee shall review energy transition policies, action plans, targets, and achievements of various departments and organizations.
Arunachal Pradesh establishes a Comprehensive Tertiary Care Cancer Centre through a phased manner in order to become a cancer-free state. The facility will incorporate advanced technologies, including linear accelerator (True Beam), Brach therapy Unit, and PET CT scan.
Nagaland rolls out ‘eSanjeevani’, a national teleconsultation service of Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW). The initiative will replace the state government’s Naga telehealth, a telemedicine platform and assisted teleconsultation system, which aimed to alleviate the urban-rural divide in terms of health care services.
Haryana announces One Time Settlement (OTS) scheme 2022 for indebted farmers and members of cooperative credit consumers. The scheme mentions 100 percent rebate in the overdue interest which will be provided mainly in the loan account of the deceased borrowers till March 31, 2022.
Karnataka approves its Karnataka R & D Policy 2022, making it the first state in the country to do so. The policy aims to provide a big boost for research and innovation from grassroots to institutional level.
Center – State Relations
Rajasthan and Andhra Pradesh ranks first and second respectively in NITI Aayog’s Progress on Sustainable Development Goals 2022 report for achieving highest percentage of households having health insurance.
Ministry of Power issues Electricity, (Late Payment Surcharge and Related Matters) Rules 2022 (LPS Rules 2022). This aims to financially strengthen the electricity suppliers and bring financial discipline in the power sector.
Ministry of New and Renewable Energy launches National Portal for Rooftop Solar, which will enable online tracking of the process of installation of rooftop solar plants for individual customers or households. The portal aims to benefit more than 1 million households.