Big News: Meghalaya announces Tourism Policy 2023; Uttarakhand Governor approves 30% reservation for women in government services; Andhra Pradesh releases funds for interest free loans under Jagananna Thodu scheme; Ministry of Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises launches the Udyam Assist Platform to formalize informal companies; and more.

Industrial Policy & Business Regulations

Andhra Pradesh releases $48.5 million under Jagananna Thodu scheme which aims to provide interest-free loans of $123 each to 395,000 small-time traders and artisans to make them self-sufficient.

Source: Business Standard; In detail: Press release

Land Acquisition & Labor Regulations

Gujarat announces a new ordinance aiming to regularise unauthorised constructions in the industrial estates that fall under Gujarat Industrial Development Corporation (GIDC). The new policy is expected to cover around 70,000 industrial units across 220 GIDC estates.

Source: Financial Express; In detail: Gujarat government ordinance

Infrastructure & Governance

Uttarakhand Governor approves the Uttarakhand Public Services (Horizontal Reservation for women) Bill, in effect mandating 30 per cent horizontal reservation to domicile women of the state in the government jobs.

Source: Current Affairs

Tamil Nadu assembly amends the Tamil Nadu Government Servants (Conditions of Service) Act, 2016, to make securing a pass in Tamil language paper compulsory for recruitment to State government services, with retrospective effect, from December 1, 2021.

Source: NDTV; In detail: Tamil Nadu Government Servants (Conditions of Service) Amendment Act

Oil & Gas

Nothing Critical to report this week

Water & Sanitation

Nothing Critical to report this week

Power & Renewable Energy

Arunachal Pradesh hands over five stalled hydropower projects to central PSUs with a target to produce 2,820 MW electricity and generate annual revenue of $61.4 million. The state government had earlier signed agreements with private power developers for implementing the projects, but the contracts were terminated following long delays in execution of the same.

Source: Deccan Herald; In detail: CMO Twitter


Meghalaya cabinet approves the Drug Reduction and Elimination and Action Plan. The plan built upon the state’s Drug Abuse Prevention Policy, 2020 is in line with the government objective to promote holistic, and preventive health care.

Source: The News mill; In detail: Press release

Meghalaya launches the State Mental Health Helpline-14410, an on-call mental health assistance designed to increase access to affordable and quality mental health services in the State.

Source: North East Now; In detail: Press release

Rajasthan implements the Blindness Control Policy, aiming to aim to bring down the rate of blindness in the state. Rajasthan is the first state in the country to have a blindness control policy.

Source: Devdiscourse; In detail: Press release

Center – State Relations

Ministry of Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises launches the Udyam Assist Platform (UAP) to bring informal micro enterprises in the country into the formal fold and make them eligible for priority sector lending. The ministry signed a memorandum of understanding with its developing agency Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) for the platform’s implementation.

Source: Financial Express; In detail: Press release

Any Other

Meghalaya cabinet approves the Meghalaya Tourism Policy 2023 with the objective of promoting sustainable employment, and tourism in the state. The previous tourism policy was implemented in 2011.

Source: Economic Times; In detail: Draft Meghalaya Tourism Policy 2022

Meghalaya cabinet approves the State Organic and Natural Farming Policy, aiming to create a comprehensive plan for transitioning away from using fertilizers, especially for vegetable cultivation in the state.

Source: Meghalaya News 24; In detail: Chief Minister’s Twitter

Jammu and Kashmir Agriculture Production Department approves the Roadmap for poultry development in J&K under its mission for Holistic Development of Agriculture and Allied Sectors in the Union Territory to make the poultry sector sustainable, and self-reliant.

Source: Devdiscourse; In detail: Press release