Assam is the most populous and economically active of the northeastern states and thus acts as the nexus between the mainland and the northeast. Due to insurgencies and armed conflict spanning several decades, Assam struggled to attract major industries, however, and its primary economic drivers are agriculture, led by a thriving tea industry and energy resources – the state accounts for 15% of India’s total crude oil and 50% of the onshore natural gas output. With the settling of several conflicts, the state is poised to build out its pharmaceuticals, information technology, petrochemicals and tourism industries. However, illegal immigration from Bangladesh is perceived as a major problem and has driven increased religious conflict in the state over the past 10 years.
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India faces a complex energy challenge: it needs cheap and abundant energy to power high economic growth and lift its citizens into the middle class. But it also hopes to keep its commitments to the U.N. Climate Change Convention and achieve energy independence. India’s states have the resources to generate the energy India needs, but they take different approaches to fostering the growth of the industry. This section allows you to explore energy news from India’s states and offers the Wadhwani Chair’s analysis of India’s energy sector.
The Assam government approved a capacity expansion plan for Numaligarh Refinery from the existing 3 million metric tons per annum (MMTPA) to 9 MMTPA at an estimated cost of $3.16 billion.
Assam Power Generation Corporation Ltd has issued a Request for Proposal for the development of 70 MW of grid-connected solar photovoltaic projects in Amguri Solar Park in the state. The last date for the submission of bids is February 6, 2019.
State-run oil company Oil and Natural Gas Corporation said it will pump in $863.4 million to drill 200 wells over the next seven years in Assam in order to increase oil output from the state.
The NTPC announced it will add 250 MW to the existing 500-MW capacity in Assam’s Kokrajhar district after its third unit is commissioned in February.
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Solar Performance Tracker — Assam reaches 12.7 MW (updated April 5, 2019)
Wind Performance Tracker — Assam achieves 0 MW (updated April 5, 2019)
While India’s healthcare system is expansive in terms of the number of beneficiaries covered, inequalities in access to high-quality yet affordable care continue to plague delivery systems and push citizens towards the more unregulated private sector. Similarly, while India’s National Health Policy of 2017 promises to reform this system, the responsibility to institute those reforms falls to the states who each have their own unique challenges and opportunities to meet the healthcare needs of their people. This section allows you to explore emerging healthcare policies and news covering new initiatives from India’s states and offers the Wadhwani Chair’s analysis of India’s healthcare sector.
The Assam government announced new measures to provide financial relief to thousands of workers and employees under the center’s Accredited Social Health Activist (ASHA) and National Health Mission (NHM) programs. The incentives include increasing the monthly deposit to ASHA workers from $14 to $42, as well as a pension of $42 per month for NHM employees and ASHA workers after they reach they reach the age of 60.