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.
NTPC and PowerGrid Corporation of India jointly set up the National Electricity Distribution CompanyPosted on July 3, 2019
The National Thermal Power Corporation and PowerGrid Corporation of India Limited have jointly agreed to set up the National Electricity Distribution Company Limited, a joint venture where each company would hold 50 percent of the equity.
Minister of Power orders discoms to maintain assured payment guarantees with banks for electricity purchasesPosted on July 3, 2019
The Ministry of Power issued an order aimed at taming defaulting power distribution companies (discoms), asking them to maintain assured payment guarantees with banks for electricity purchases. Experts said the move is a bold measure by the central government and can address almost four-decade old issue of indiscipline by discoms.
Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), has issued a tender to set up 100 megawatts (MW) of solar photovoltaic (PV) projects across Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, and Jharkhand. The bid submission deadline is July 8, 2019. This is EESL’s third tender in response to an advisory from the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy to address the utilization of empty land near pooling substations.
The Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) issued an order allowing GMR Group to run its power plant on imported coal in the event of coal shortage, and to seek compensation for the extra costs. The order will apply to all power plants in India, which will be a significant development for India’s power generation industry, which continues to grapple with stressed assets.
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.
NITI Aayog released the second edition of its State Health Index, ranking Kerala as the healthiest state in India, and Uttar Pradesh as the unhealthiest.
The center signed a loan agreement worth $400 million with the World Bank to help treat and eliminate tuberculosis from the country. The World Bank-supported program will cover nine states and will support the government’s National Strategic Plan to end tuberculosis in India by 2025.
The center announced that existing state-level disease screening program for monitoring non-communicable diseases under public-private partnerships would be adopted into the Ayushman Bharat-Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana program.
For the first time in the history of the National Tuberculosis Program, there has been an increase in the amount of new tuberculosis (TB) case notifications. Even though over half of all TB patients in India seek care in the private sector, the case notifications from the sector are way behind those from government hospitals.