Big News: Nagaland launches the Tele-Mental Health and Neuroscience (Tele-MANAS); Rajasthan increases minimum wage for laborers by $0.31 per day; Maharashtra government releases directive to issue building self-redevelopment approvals in Mumbai within three months; Haryana allows residential buildings to have commercial floor space through the Haryana Development and Regulation of Urban Areas (Second Amendment) Bill, 2023, and more.


Nagaland launches the Tele-Mental Health and Neuroscience (Tele-MANAS) initiative to support patients with mental health related ailments in the state.

Source: East Mojo

Odisha extends the “Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana” (BSKY) health scheme to children aged between 5 and 18 years who are currently not enrolled in the scheme. The children can avail the benefits of the scheme, if their parents are current beneficiaries. Under the scheme, all beneficiaries can avail free healthcare services at government hospitals, and get families, and women get an additional coverage of INR 5 lakh for treatment at empanelled private hospitals.

Source: Business Standard; In detail: Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana

Climate Change

Nothing critical to report this week.


Uttar Pradesh launches the “Bijli Mitra” portal, which aims to provide a comprehensive framework to stop power theft in the state. Consumers can report electricity theft anonymously, as well as seek approvals for on-the-spot high-load connections using the portal.

Source: Economic Times; In detail: Bijli Mitra website


Nothing critical to report this week.

Industrial Policy & Business Regulations

Maharashtra Housing Department issues a government resolution directing Mumbai city authorities to approve building self-redevelopment proposals in the city within three months of filing.

Source: Money control; In detail: Government Resolution (in Marathi)

Haryana releases the Haryana Development and Regulation of Urban Areas (Second Amendment) Bill, 2023, which enables residents to register independent floors in properties located in licensed colonies as a commercial unit. As per the amendment, one floor per building will be allowed to be registered as a commercial unit.

Source: Money Control; In detail: Haryana Development and Regulation of Urban Areas (Second Amendment) Bill, 2023

Kerala Development and Innovation Strategy Council (K-DISC) leads a consortium of companies that has indigenously developed a lithium-titanium-oxide (LTO) battery for use in electric vehicles.

Source: Mathrubhumi

Land Acquisition & Labor Regulations

Rajasthan increases the minimum wages for labourers by $0.31 per day effective from January 1, 2023.

Source: Deccan Herald; In detail: Press release

Rajasthan announces financial assistance of $2,417 to $3,626 as retirement benefits to part-time contractual employees working in government departments.

Source: The Week; In detail: Press release (in Hindi)

Infrastructure & Governance

Haryana unveils a comprehensive master plan for holistic development of the Faridabad urban area. The plan devised in collaboration with IIT Delhi and IIT Roorkee, aims to systematically enhance infrastructure and public services within the Faridabad Metropolitan Development Authority’s jurisdiction area.

Source: Economic Times; In detail: Press release

Center – State Relations

Nothing critical to report this week.

Any Other

Maharashtra establishes an Anti-Narcotics Task Force (ANTF) to combat the rising drug trade in the state. The task force will be headed by a Special Inspector General of Police and will take action against drug peddlers and smugglers, as well as work towards rehabilitating victims and spreading awareness about narcotics.

Source: Hindustan Times; In detail: Government Resolution(in Marathi)

Mizoram introduces a collective farming policy to ensure proper and systematic management of wet rice cultivation areas by farmers.

Source: North East Now; In detail: Farming Policy