States Update: September 21, 2022
Big News: Rajasthan releases its Rajasthan MSME (Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises) Policy 2022; Goa announces its draft Jetty Policy 2022; Jharkhand launches its Jharkhand Sports Policy 2022; Ministry of Commerce and Industry launches its National Logistics Policy (NLP) 2022; and more.
Industrial Policy & Business Regulations
Andhra Pradesh tops list of states in attracting industrial investments in 2022, garnering $5.05 billion, according to a report by the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT).
Source: Times Now; In detail: DPIIT report
Maharashtra proposes to establish a state-level institute on the lines of NITI Aayog for faster and more inclusive economic growth. The institute will focus on agriculture and allied services, health and nutrition, education, urbanisation, finance, real estate and land administration, infrastructure development, skilling and innovation, tourism and sports, and IT and communication.
Source: Free Press Journal; In detail: CMO Twitter
Rajasthan releases its Rajasthan MSME (Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises) Policy 2022 to boost investment. The policy aims to provide financial and technical support with a conducive regulatory environment to increase the contribution of MSMEs to the State’s Gross Domestic Product (SGDP) as well as exports.
Source: The Statesman; In detail: MSME Policy
Goa announces its draft Jetty Policy 2022 to harness the full potential of the coastal state waters. The draft policy invites suggestions, feedback, and objections for formulating the final policy.
Source: The Print; In detail: Draft Jetty Policy
Jharkhand launches its Jharkhand Sports Policy 2022. The policy aims to reduce bottlenecks from the path of sportspersons in excelling at national and international events.
Source: Telegraph; In Detail: Jharkhand Sports Policy 2022 (in Hindi), Press release
Kerala sets up the ‘Value Added Agriculture Mission’ in the agriculture sector to boost productivity and increase farmers’ income. The objective is to increase farmers’ income, agricultural productivity, product storage, product prices, revenue from value addition activities, and other related incomes.
Source: The Print; In detail: Cabinet decisions
Punjab constitutes a task force to discuss and create enabling mechanisms for off-take of Fermented Organic Manure (FOM) generated from Compressed Biogas (CBG) projects based on agro-residue in the State.
Source: Yugmarg; In Detail: Press Release
Land Acquisition & Labor Regulations
Delhi rolls out a new property tax amnesty scheme for unauthorized colonies and unauthorized regularized colonies. The scheme announces a waiver on outstanding property tax dues prior to the financial year 2021-22 upon the payment of the principal amount of property tax dues for the financial years 2021-22 and 2022-23.
Source: The Hindu; In detail: Amnesty Scheme
Sikkim increases minimum wage for unskilled workers by 67 percent to $6.26. Previously, the daily wage for unskilled labourers was $3.76.
Source: Deccan Herald; In detail: Press release
Infrastructure & Governance
Ministry of Commerce and Industry launches its National Logistics Policy (NLP) 2022. The policy aims to promote seamless movement of goods and enhance the competitiveness of the industry. It is expected to focus on areas such as process re-engineering, digitization, and multi-modal transport.
Source: Economic Times; In Detail: Press Release, National Logistics Policy (NLP) Launch Video, Draft National Logistics Policy
Nothing critical to report this week
Oil & Gas
Nothing Critical to report this week
Water & Sanitation
Nothing Critical to report this week
Power & Renewable Energy
Bihar launches ‘Rural Solar Light Scheme’ to provide installation of solar lights in all wards of every panchayat in the state.
Source: United News of India; In detail: Press release
Delhi launches an open database facility for EV charging and battery swapping stations on its ‘Switch Delhi’ portal to bring all the electric vehicle players on a single platform. The database will enable open access to more than 2,500 charging points in Delhi to all EV players who can further develop platforms to provide seamless information about charging and battery-swapping stations to all EV users in Delhi.
Source: Economic Times; In detail: Switch Delhi Portal
West Bengal issues its ‘Open Access Regulations 2022’. Green consumers who have contracted demand or sanctioned load of 100 kW will be eligible to procure green energy through open access in the state. There will be no load limitation for captive consumers procuring power under green energy open access.
Source: Mercom; In detail: Regulation
Ministry of Health and Family Welfare launches its “National List of Essential Medicines (NLEM) 2022.” 384 drugs have been included in this list with addition of 34 new drugs, while 26 from the previous list have been dropped. The medicines have been categorized into 27 therapeutic categories.
Source: The Statesman; In Detail: Press Release, National List of Essential Medicines 2022
Haryana announces a payment of $31.33 per month to people suffering from thalassemia. The necessary medical tests for their health check-up will also be free-of-cost so that the cost burden of treatment is not borne by the family members.
Source: Business Insider; In detail: Press release
Haryana announces a number of welfare measures for workers and their families. These include free medical checkups and diagnostic tests, the opening of 200 ‘Shram Yogi’ clinics for cashless healthcare, and the provision of 100 ambulances with advanced life support systems.
Source: Hindustan Times; In detail: Press release
Tamil Nadu launches breakfast scheme for government school students from class 1 to 5. The key objectives of the scheme is to provide free of cost meal to children ensuring enhancement of nutrients besides easing the burden of working women.
Source: Republic World; In Detail: Press Release (Tamil)
Kerala records highest out-of-pocket-expenditure (OOPE) on health in the country even though in 2018-19, the State spent 7.4% of the General Government Expenditure (GGE) on health, higher than many other states. Kerala’s per capita total health expenditure was the highest in the country (2018-19) at $124.
Source: The Hindu; In detail: National Health Accounts report (2018-19)
Jharkhand becomes the third state after Bihar and Odisha in eastern India to have Food Security Atlas for its rural areas. The study visits the issue of food security in rural Jharkhand with the primary focus of identifying the extremely food insecure districts.
Source: The Telegraph; In detail: Food Security Atlas of Rural Jharkhand 2022
Center – State Relations
Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) issues a draft notification to promote ease of doing business and transparency in the sale and purchase of registered vehicles through dealers.
Source: Business Standard; In Detail: Gazette Notification
Department of Science and Technology (DST) launches dashboard for countrywide monitoring and feedback to ensure effective implementation of projects, schemes, scholarships, and fellowships funded by DST. The dashboard details of each of the schemes and programs for any group in every State and can be accessed on a real time basis.
Source: News on Air; In Detail: Press Release
Ministry of Personnel launches a portal dedicated to cleanliness and reducing pendency of work in government offices as part of the special ‘Swachhata Campaign 2.0’.
Source: The Print; In Detail: Press Release, Portal
Rajasthan approves its Rajasthan Handicrafts Policy 2022. The policy will help in uplifting the handicraft artisans by empowering them through new employment opportunities.
Source: The Print; In detail: Policy Details
Punjab approves its draft Punjab Electric Vehicle Policy 2022, which proposes waiving off registration fees and road tax, and providing cash incentives for buying electric vehicles.
Source: Indian Express; In detail: Policy Detail