Big News

The High Court of Punjab and Haryana overturns Punjab’s State Sand and Gravel Mining Policy, 2018; Gujarat leaves power tariff rates unchanged for 2019-2020; Bihar increases diesel subsidies for farmers after the center’s solar irrigation pump scheme faces delays; the center adopts a state-level program for non-communicable diseases into the Ayushman Bharat program; Uttarakhand shuts down 17 factories in the state due to pollution concerns; and more.

Center – State relations

The center announced that existing state-level disease screening program for monitoring non-communicable diseases under public-private partnerships would be adopted into the Ayushman Bharat-Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana program. Source: Live Mint

Andhra Pradesh

The Japanese ambassador to India, Kenji Hiramastsu, inaugurated the Japan-India Institute for Manufacturing, a residential skill training center at Sri City in Andhra Pradesh. Source: KNN India

Bihar

The Bihar government announced it increased the diesel subsidy offered to farmers after a delay in the launch of the solar irrigation pump scheme announced by the center. The state government received nearly 2.3 million applications for diesel subsidy from farmers in the current rabi, or spring, season, which is more than those received in the previous seasons, necessitating immediate action. Source: The Hindu Business Line

New Delhi

The Okhla waste-to-energy plant, situated in middle of a dense residential area, has received a notice from the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change as part of a broader legal battle between residents living around the plant and the plant itself. Source: Down to Earth

Gujarat

In a relief to electricity consumers in the state, the Gujarat Electricity Regulatory Commission announced there would be no power tariff increase for the financial year 2019-20. Source: News18 In detail: Tariff order

Gujarat State Fertilizers & Chemicals commissioned a 10 megawatt (MW) solar power project at the Gujarat Solar Park. The solar project would also contribute towards GSFC’s Renewable Purchase Obligation. Source: Business Standard

The Medical Council of India approved the creation of two medical colleges – Nutan Medical College and Research Center at Visnagar, and Dharmsinh Desai Institute of Medical College at Nadiad. Source: Indian Express

Haryana

Nothing critical to report this week.

Karnataka

Nothing critical to report this week.

Madhya Pradesh

Nothing critical to report this week.

Maharashtra

Nothing critical to report this week.

Rajasthan

The Rajasthan Electricity Regulatory Commission has clarified in a new order that in power projects delayed beyond their commissioning timeline, the tariff rate applied to the project will be in line with the one chosen for the year in which the commercial project becomes commercially operational. Source: Mercom In detail: Order details

Tamil Nadu

Nothing critical to report this week.

Telangana

Nothing critical to report this week.

Uttar Pradesh

The Uttar Pradesh government reported an excise revenue collection of $3.4 billion during the 2018-19 financial year, an increase of more than 38 percent compared to the $2.47 billion collected during 2017-18. Source: Business Standard

West Bengal

Nothing critical to report this week.

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Odisha

The Ministry of New & Renewable Energy approved the Odisha government’s proposal to set up an 18 MW solar rooftop project. Source: Business Standard

Punjab

The Punjab and Haryana High court overturned the Punjab State Sand and Gravel Mining Policy-2018, and directed the Punjab government to form a new policy within three months. The decision comes as a result of a public interest litigation filed against the state government due to concerns over the auction and tendering procedures outlined in the policy. Source: PTC News In detail: Punjab State Sand and Gravel Mining Policy-2018

Uttarakhand

Following an order by the Uttarakhand High Court, district administrations in Uttarakhand began sealing 17 factories, including that of Sharda Motors, as they were seen as leading contributors to air and water pollution. Source: Business Standard