Big News: Supreme Court cancels Gujarat’s 12-hour workday notification; Kerala launches single-window clearance system; Andhra Pradesh introduces groundwater irrigation schemes; Haryana launches a scheme to help villages go digital; and more.

Industrial Policy & Business Regulations

The Supreme Court cancels a notification passed by the Gujarat government that allowed all factories in the state to extend work shifts to up to 12 hours from eight hours.

Source: NDTV In detail: Judgement

Uttar Pradesh government exempts industrial areas from double taxation. Earlier, the industries were subject to tax charges levied by both, the nodal industrial development agency and the local district panchayat.

Source: Business Standard

Kerala government launches an online single-window clearance system to support new entrepreneurs to set up businesses in the state.

Source: New Indian Express In detail: KSWIFT

Punjab waives partial annual licence fee for bars, marriage palaces, hotels, and restaurants for the fiscal year 2020-21.

Source: The Tribune In detail: Press Release

Land Acquisition & Labor Reforms

Nothing critical to report this week


Haryana government launches a one-stop digital platform for accessing documents relating to past and ongoing development projects in every village within the state.

Source: Indian Express In detail: Press Release

Power & Renewable Energy

Rajasthan issues guidelines for the Green City Initiative which is aimed at promoting rooftop solar power. Per the guidelines, a subsidy of up to 40 percent of the cost of equipment will be provided to project developers.

Source: Economic Times

Oil & Gas

Nothing critical to report this week

Water & Sanitation

Andhra Pradesh introduces two farming support schemes relating to groundwater irrigation. Under the schemes, borewells will be dug and motors will be provided, free of cost to marginal farmers.

Source: Deccan Herald In detail: CM’s Tweet


Nothing critical to report this week

Business Negative Reforms

Jharkhand State Electricity Regulatory Commission rejects the state distribution company’s plea to raise electricity tariffs for 2020-21 fiscal year. The existing tariffs of 2019-20 will continue to be applicable until October 1, 2020.

Source: The Telegraph In detail: Tariff Order

Any Other

Nothing critical to report this week

Center – State relations

Government of India reduces the price of natural gas by two percent from $2.39 million British thermal unit (BMTU) to $1.79 per BMTU, for six months beginning October 1, 2020.

Source: Mint In detail: Order

Ministry of Home Affairs issues detailed guidelines for reopening the economy in Unlock 5. The guidelines will be effective from October 1, 2020.

Source: Hindustan Times In detail: Notification