Big News: Gujarat announces its Semiconductor Policy; Goa discontinues EV subsidies; Maharashtra approves the Revamped Distribution Sector Scheme; and more.

Industrial Policy and Business Regulations

Gujarat announces its Gujarat Semiconductor Policy 2022-2027 to attract investments in the chip manufacturing sector, becoming the first state in the country to announce a dedicated policy to support the semiconductor and display manufacturing sector.

Source: Economic Times; In detail: Gujarat Semiconductor Policy 2022-27

Land Acquisition & Labor Regulations

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Infrastructure & Governance

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Climate Change

Punjab signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for becoming the member of the global network called Under2 Coalition to address climate change. With this pact, Punjab has become a member of largest network of 221 states or provincial governments of 43 countries committed to reduce CO2 and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in line with the Paris Agreement, adopted at a UN climate change summit in Paris in 2015.

Source: DT Next; In detail: Press Release

The Department of New & Renewable Energy, Government of Goa, has issued a notice announcing that it will stop offering subsidies for electric vehicles (EVs) in the state, with effect from July 31, 2022. This makes Goa the first state in the country to discontinue subsidies for EVs. The Goa Electric Mobility Policy was introduced in December 2021 to further push and promote the adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) including electric motorcycles, scooters, three- and fourwheelers for daily commute.

Source: Economic Times; In detail: Goa Electric Mobility Promotion Policy 2021

Oil & Gas

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Water & Sanitation

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Power & Renewable Energy

Maharashtra approves the Revamped Distribution Sector Scheme (RDSS) of about $5 billion. The scheme aims to improve the quality of electricity supply, reduce distribution losses and enhance consumer service.

Source: Free Press Journal; In detail: Cabinet decisions (In Marathi)

Maharashtra approves proposal the installation of prepaid smart electricity meters, benefiting 16.6 million power consumers in the state and strengthening the electricity distribution system.

Source: Economic Times; In detail: Cabinet decisions (In Marathi)

Health

The Arunachal Pradesh Government has undertaken major key decisions, an effort to bring major reforms in Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission (APPSC) & Health Department. “The state administration has also decided to restructure the health facilities in the state vis-a-vis Indian Public Health Standards Guidelines and Human Resource Distribution, as per IPHS norms to these categories of health facilities,” – informed an official bulletin.

Source: North East Today; In detail: CMO Twitter

Business Negative Reforms

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Any Other

The Assam Cabinet approved Tourism Policy, 2022 which is aimed at developing adequate infrastructure at places of tourist interest, taking into consideration ecological and cultural sensitivities. At a meeting, presided over by Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, the cabinet approved the policy which seeks to create Special Tourism Zones (STZs) by promoting tea garden visits, wellness initiatives, adventures, along with the existing wildlife and heritage circuit.

Source: East Mojo; In detail: CM twitter

The State government-run Kerala Financial Corporation (KFC) has launched a new loan scheme to assist agro-based industries. Under the scheme, loans up to $1.26 million can be taken at 5% annual interest. The scheme had been announced in the 2022-23 State Budget by Finance Minister K. N. Balagopal.

Source: The Hindu; In detail: Loan scheme

Center-State Relations

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