Big News: Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh elect new governments post assembly elections; Uttarakhand announces reservation for women in government services; Tamil Nadu announces Climate Change Mission; Ministry of Power announces plan for transmission of 500 GW renewable energy; and more.

Industrial Policy & Business Regulations

Nothing Critical to report this week

Land Acquisition & Labor Regulations

Uttarakhand passes the Uttarakhand Public Services (Horizontal Reservation for Women) Bill, 2022 aimed at providing 30 per cent horizontal reservations in government services for women across the state.

Source: Outlook

Infrastructure & Governance

Goa opens second greenfield airport set to begin operations on 5 January 2023, and serve 4.4 million passengers per annum, with a potential capacity of 33 million people per annum.

Source: Economic Times; In detail: Press release

Madhya Pradesh approves the Madhya Pradesh Housing Redevelopment Policy-2022 proposing new construction of dilapidated buildings without any charge from the beneficiaries.

Source: Daily Pioneer; In detail: Cabinet Decision

Gujarat state elections see return of the Bharatiya Janta Party to power with 156 out of 182 seats. Bhupendra Patel has taken charge as the Chief Minister for a second term.

Source: NDTV; In detail: Governor of Gujarat Twitter

Himachal Pradesh state elections result in victory for the Indian National Congress which won 40 out of 68 seats. Sukhwinder Singh Sukhu has been elected as the Chief Minister.

Source: Telegraph India; In detail: Governor of Himachal Pradesh Twitter

Oil & Gas

Nothing Critical to report this week

Water & Sanitation

Nothing Critical to report this week

Power & Renewable Energy

Tamil Nadu launches the Tamil Nadu Climate Change Mission aiming to achieve carbon neutrality ahead of the 2070 target set by the Indian Prime Minister.

Source: Indian Express; In detail: Tamil Nadu Environment and Climate Change Policy Note, 2022-23

Haryana state-level steering committee on climate change approves the revised State Action Plan on Climate Change (SAPCC-2), proposing 73 actions out of which, 37 are linked to adaptation, 28 are linked to mitigation and eight strategies have been linked to both adaptation and mitigation.

Source: The Tribune; In detail: State Action Plan on Climate Change (SAPCC-2)


Meghalaya government unveils Asia’s first dedicated drone delivery hub and network, aimed at providing universal access to healthcare for the people in the state by improving delivery of vital supplies like drugs, diagnostic samples, vaccines, and blood and blood components.

Source: Current Affairs; In detail: Press release

Bihar registers a 12-point drop in maternal mortality ratio (MMR), from 130 to 118 per lakh live births, between 2017-19 and 2018-20, as per the Special Bulletin On Maternal Mortality in India 2018-20 released by the Office of the Registrar General & Census Commissioner, India (ORGI).

Source: Hindustan Times; In detail: Special Bulletin On Maternal Mortality in India 2018-20

Center – State Relations

Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) extends the Rooftop Solar Programme till March 31, 2026, allowing consumers to avail subsidy of INR 14,588 (~$176.5) per kW for capacity up to 3kW.

Source: The Economic Times; In detail: Press Release

Ministry of Power launches the Transmission System for Integration of over 500 GW RE Capacity by 2030 plan, aimed at building a transmission system for evacuating 500 gigawatts (GW) of non-fossil-based energy by 2030. The plan, developed in consultation with states, seeks to provide transmission infrastructure for upcoming generation centres in Rajasthan, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, and Ladakh.

Source: Indian Express; In detail: Transmission System for Integration of over 500 GW RE Capacity by 2030

Any Other

Karnataka cabinet clears the new Karnataka Youth Policy 2022 aimed to provide education, training, employment, and health and sports programmes for youngsters, besides a dedicated budgetary outlay.

Source: Deccan Herald; In detail: Karnataka Youth Policy, 2022