Big News: Rajasthan notifies its Rajasthan Film Tourism Policy 2022; Jharkhand launches its Jharkhand Tourism Policy 2021; Odisha approves its Odisha IT Policy 2022; NITI Aayog releases the third edition of its India Innovation Index; and more.

Industrial Policy & Business Regulations

Rajasthan notifies its Rajasthan Film Tourism Promotion Policy 2022. The policy offers lucrative subsidies and incentives in the policy to attract movie makers for shooting films.

Source: Times of India; In detail: Policy

Odisha approves Odisha IT policy 2022 to boost investment in the IT sector. The policy aims to create inclusive growth and employment opportunities.

Source: Kalinga TV; In detail: CMO Twitter

Jharkhand launches its Jharkhand Tourism Policy 2021. The policy aims to attract tourists to the state leading to employment generation, improvement in happiness quotient, and achieving sustainable development.

Source: Mint; In detail: Policy

Kerala launches state-level loan scheme for entrepreneurs, formulated by the State Level Bankers’ Committee (SLBC). The scheme offers interest subvention on loans up to $12,500 so that entrepreneurs can avail them at 4% interest.

Source: The Hindu; In detail: Press Release

Land Acquisition & Labor Regulations

Bihar approves rebate of up to 80 per cent on land lease under the Bihar Industrial Area Development Authority (BIADA) to promote investment in the state.

Source: Indian Express; In detail: Cabinet decisions

Infrastructure & Governance

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Climate Change

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Oil & Gas

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Water & Sanitation

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Power & Renewable Energy

Ministry of Power mandates states to meet 24.61 percent of their total power demand through renewable energy sources in the current year, scalable to 43.33 per cent in the next eight years, as per a new trajectory issued. The new trajectory is in line with the country’s clean energy commitments.

Source: Economic Times; In detail: Notification


Arunachal Pradesh and Maharashtra fares the worst and best respectively, in a study of the Maternal Mortality Ratio (MMR) in India. According to the data recorded in Ministry of Health and Family Welfare’s (MoHFW) web based monitoring system, the study reports that 448 of India’s 640 districts have higher MMR than the target set under United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).

Source: Economic Times; In detail: Report

Madhya Pradesh’s Burhanpur becomes the first certified ‘Har Ghar Jal’ district in the country. It is a part of the ‘Jal Jeevan Mission’ and certifies that all people in the village have access to safe drinking water through taps.

Source: News on Air; In detail: Press release

Uttar Pradesh launches a cashless health scheme for state employees which is projected to benefit 2.2 million individuals. The scheme will offer a state health card to state employees so that they can avail free treatment at government and empanelled private hospitals.

Source: The Week; In detail: Scheme Details (in Hindi);

Business Negative Reforms

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Any Other

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Center – State Relations

Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers launches three schemes to strengthen Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in the pharmaceutical sector. Pharmaceutical Technology Upgradation Assistance Scheme (PTUAS) aims to facilitate technology upgradation for pharmaceutical MSMEs with proven track. Assistance to Pharma Industries for Common Facilities Scheme (APICF) aims to strengthen the existing pharmaceutical clusters’ capacity for sustained growth. Pharmaceutical and Medical Devices Promotion and Development Scheme (PMPDS) aims to involve preparation of study reports on important topics for the Indian pharma and medical device industry.

Source: Economic Times; In detail: Scheme guidelines; Press release

Karnataka, Manipur, and Chandigarh tops the third edition of the ‘India Innovation Index’ by NITI Aayog, which ranks the states and the union territories on their innovation performance.

Source: Hindustan Times; In detail: Innovation Index


Any Other

Chhattisgarh approves its Chhattisgarh Ground Water (Management and Regulation) Act-2022. The act aims to protect, conserve, control, and regulate ground water to ensure its sustainable management, both quantitatively and qualitatively.

Source: Hindustan Times; In detail: Act Details