Big News: Reserve Bank of India announces measures to ease financial constraints faced by states; Andhra announces $146.8 million restart package for small businesses; Karnataka exempts factories from labor law provisions; Uttar Pradesh invokes the Essential Services Maintenance Act; Odisha brings ordinances to enable contract farming; and more.

Center – State relations

The Reserve Bank of India announces nine additional measures for strengthening the economy. States are allowed to borrow more from the Consolidated Sinking Fund. Source: Press Information Bureau. In detail: RBI Governor’s Statement

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has approved a methodology for auction of coal blocks for commercial mining on revenue sharing basis. Source: Economic Times In detail: Press Release

Andhra Pradesh

The Andhra Pradesh government has announced a $146.8 million restart package for small and medium enterprises. The government will release $59.5 million as the first installment which would benefit nearly 98,000 businesses. Source: India Today In Detail: Andhra Pradesh CMO Tweet


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New Delhi

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The Karnataka government has exempted all factories from labor law provisions on working hours for three months until August 21. Factories can extend working hours up to 10 hours a day and 60 hours a week. Source: Business Standard

The Karnataka Electricity Regulatory Commission has extended the time for complying with the Renewable Purchase Obligation for the financial year 2020. The extension has been provided for three months. Source: Mercom In detail: Order

Madhya Pradesh

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Rajasthan government has partially rolled back the 2 percent farmer welfare fee on the sale and purchase of select agriculture produce. Source: Hindustan Times

Tamil Nadu

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Uttar Pradesh

The government of Uttar Pradesh has invoked the Essential Services Maintenance Act that bans strikes in all corporations and departments under it for six months. Source: The Quint In detail: Press Release

West Bengal

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Jammu and Kashmir

The Union Cabinet gave ex-post facto approval to a law on specified domicile criterion for employment in the public sector in the union territory of Jammu and Kashmir. Source: NDTV In detail: Press Release


The northeastern state of Mizoram has accorded “industry” status to sports. The cabinet cleared the Sports and Youth Service department’s proposal to recognize sports as an industry in the state. Source: Indian Express In detail: Mizoram Minister of State Tweet

The Mizoram government has raised the diesel and petrol prices by 2.5 percent and 5 percent, respectively, with effect starting June 1. Source: North East Now


Odisha has brought in two ordinances that would allow and facilitate the operation of multiple marketing channels through contract farming. Source: Hindustan Times


The Puducherry government has increased power tariff for all categories of consumers by 3.12 percent based on the recommendations of the Joint Electricity Regulatory Commission. Source: The Hindu In detail: Tariff order

The government has levied a special excise duty of 25 percent on India Made Foreign Liquor brands which are exclusively sold in Puducherry and Karaikal. Source: New Indian Express In detail: Puducherry MRP List