Big News: Tamil Nadu and Rajasthan announce state budgets; Delhi mandates its departments to switch to electric vehicles; Meghalaya releases an electric vehicle policy; Jharkhand looks to introduce a green energy cess; Puducherry and four states get ready for assembly elections; and more.

Industrial Policy & Business Regulations

Haryana approves a proposal for amending the Haryana Enterprises Promotion Rules, 2016. Per the proposal, all clearances for setting up a micro, small, and medium enterprise within the state will be given within 15 days. Source: Times of India; In detail: Press Release

Tamil Nadu announces its interim budget for the financial year (FY) 2021-22. The budget estimates the state’s total receipt and expenditure at $20.61 billion and $35.5 billion respectively. Source: Indian Express; In detail: Budget Speech

Rajasthan announces its budget for FY 2021-22. The budget allocates an outlay of $473.4 billion for a health cover plan of $6,829 to every family within the state. Source: Indian Express; In detail: Budget 2021-22

Jammu and Kashmir notify Jammu and Kashmir Stone Crushers/Hot and Wet Mixing Plants Regulation Rules, 2021. The policy removes license requirements for setting up stone crushers and hot and wet mixing plants in the state. Source: Indian Express; In detail: Notification

Land Acquisition & Labor Reforms

Nothing critical to report this week

Infrastructure & Governance

Delhi government orders all its departments to replace their existing fleet of conventional fuel vehicles with electric vehicles. Source: Hindustan Times; In detail: Deputy CM Tweet

Meghalaya releases its Meghalaya Electric Vehicle Policy, 2021. The policy aims to add 20,000 electric vehicles in the state by 2025. Source: Saur Energy; In detail: Meghalaya Electric Vehicle Policy 2021

Power & Renewable Energy

Jharkhand cabinet approves the Jharkhand Green Energy Cess Bill, 2021. The bill aims to levy a cess of $0.002 on every unit of power produced from conventional fuel sources. The cess does not apply to government-owned companies. Source: Times of India; In detail: Cabinet Decisions (In Hindi)

Oil & Gas

Nagaland decreases the value added tax on diesel and petrol. The new value added tax on diesel and petrol is 16.5 percent and 25 percent respectively. Source: India Today; In detail: Notification

Puducherry announces a decrease in value added tax on petrol and diesel by $0.019 per liter. Source: Money Control

Water & Sanitation

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Business Negative Reforms

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Any Other News

The Election Commission announces the schedule for upcoming assembly elections in Assam, Kerala, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, and Puducherry. Source: Indian Express; In detail: Election Commission Press Release

Center – State Relations

The union cabinet approves the production linked incentives scheme for information technology (IT) hardware and pharmaceutical sectors for a period of four years, from FY 2020-21 to FY 2028-29. Source: Business World; In detail: Press Release (Pharmaceuticals); Press Release (IT Hardware)

The Central Electricity Regulatory Commission approves the revised guidelines for the grant of interstate transmission system connectivity to renewable energy projects. Source: Mercom; In detail: Order