Big News: Election Commission of India notifies the date for elections in Tripura, Meghalaya, and Nagaland; Delhi proposes the Draft DERC (Business Plan) Regulations 2023 aimed at reducing return on equity for private generation, distribution, and transmission companies; Goa approves the Goa Land Revenue Code (Amendment) Bill, 2023 to ease licensing for mining and related approvals; Maharashtra amends the Building Reconstruction Policy easing reconstruction decisions; and more.

Industrial Policy & Business Regulations

Delhi government notifies the Delhi Goods and Services Tax (Second Amendment) Rules, 2022. Under the new rules, the non-furnishing of GSTR-3B for a continuous period of six months or for a continuous period of two tax periods would be a ground for cancellation of GST registration.

Source: Taxscan; In detail: Notification

Goa state assembly passes the Goa Panchayat Raj (Amendment) Bill, 2023, allowing panchayat bodies to grant licenses to businesses and expanding power on decisions regarding reconstruction within their jurisdiction.

Source: Times of India; In detail: Goa Panchayat Raj (Amendment) Bill, 2023

Land Acquisition & Labor Regulations

Goa state assembly passes the Goa Land Revenue Code (Amendment) Bill, 2023, aimed at easing the process of getting licenses for mining and allied processing industries.

Source: The Goan; In detail: Goa Land Revenue Code (Amendment) Bill, 2023

Infrastructure & Governance

Karnataka cabinet approves the Karnataka Minor Mineral Concession (Amendment) Rules, allowing the regularisation of quarrying activity over and beyond the stipulated area.

Source: Deccan Herald; In detail: Karnataka Minor Mineral Concession Rules

Maharashtra City and Industrial Development Corporation (CIDCO), amends Building Reconstruction Policy, allowing a building to be redeveloped with the consent of only 51 per cent members of a housing society instead of the earlier 100 per cent.

Source: The Print

Oil & Gas

Nothing Critical to report this week

Water & Sanitation

Nothing Critical to report this week

Power & Renewable Energy

Tripura government announces the creation of the Tripura State Power Transmission Ltd (TPTL), a wholly owned subsidiary of Tripura State Electricity Corporation Limited (TSECL), aimed to bring down the power sector’s aggregate technical and commercial (AT&C) losses for power transmission.

Source: Economic Times

Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC) releases the Draft DERC (Business Plan) Regulations 2023, which proposes to reduce the return on equity (RoE) for generation, transmission and distribution companies.

Source: Economic Times; In detail: Draft DERC (Business Plan) Regulations 2023


Kerala government announces its decision to grant menstrual leave to students in all state-run higher education institutions, and a 60-day pregnancy leave for all students above 18 years of age.

Source: Siasat

Sikkim government announces its decision to provide childcare assistance for 1 year for all government employees, with an objective of increasing the state’s fertility rates.

Source: News18; In detail: Press Release

Center – State Relations

Election Commission of India announces the schedule for assembly elections for Tripura, Meghalaya, and Nagaland. Tripura will vote in a single phase on 16 February, while Meghalaya and Nagaland will vote on 27 February.

Source: Livemint; In detail: Press Release