Rather than collecting news on a certain state, this section tracks developments in the complex relationship between the central government and the states. The contours of Indian federalism are constantly in flux, as the center and states give up power on certain issues or seek to regain it. This section contains news and analysis reflecting that push and pull, as well as news about developments that effect an entire region rather than just a single state.
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.
Union cabinet approves production-linked incentive schemes for solar photovoltaic (PV) modules, air conditioners (AC), and light-emitting diode (LED) lights. A total budgetary outlay of $1.43 billion is allocated for the schemes.
The Central Electricity Regulatory Commission sets $0.052 per kWh as the national average power purchase cost for open access. The tariff will be applicable for FY 2021-22.
The Ministry of Power launches green term ahead market (GTAM) for electricity trade. GTAM is an energy market product which facilitates bilateral transactions of renewable energy while ensuring competitive pricing, and transparent and flexible renewable energy procurement.
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 Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank has approved a $500 million loan to aid Indian government’s COVID-19 efforts. The financing will help India strengthen its public health preparedness, and cover all states and Union Territories.
The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change has amended the Environmental Impact Assessment Notification 2006 to offer exemptions under the B2 category to drug manufacturers to ramp up production.
The government lifts restrictions on the export of 24 pharmaceutical ingredients and medicines made from them.
The World Bank has approved $1 billion fund to aid India’s COVID-19 response. This is the largest ever health sector support from the World Bank to India.