The tiny coastal state of Goa has a reputation as one of India’s most relaxed states, thanks to its beaches and to the lifestyle that comes with the highest per capita GDP of any state in India. Wealth from tourism, mining, and the pharmaceutical industry, together with good governance, have brought high levels of development: almost every home in Goa is electrified. Perhaps resting on its laurels, the state has not fully entered the competition for foreign investment and ranked a surprisingly low 21 on the center’s ease of doing business index.
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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.
To incentivize the production of solar power in the state, the Goa cabinet has approved amendments to the Goa State Solar Policy 2017, authorizing a 50 percent subsidy to consumers and producers instead of the earlier proposed interest-free loan.
The Goa Energy Development Agency has prepared a user manual for an online single window clearance portal that would facilitate the seamless implementation of rooftop solar projects in the state. The portal will enable prospective consumers to submit their interest for an installation and select from a list of rooftop solar installers approved by the state nodal agency.
The Goa government has amended the Goa State Energy Policy 2017 to include a 50 percent subsidy for small producers and consumers of solar power. This subsidy will replace an earlier interest-free loan that the government provided small producers and consumers.
Goa and the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) signed an MoU with for supply of wind power. Beginning November 2018, Goa will receive 50 MW of wind power at 4 cents per unit.
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Solar Performance Tracker — Goa reaches 0.91 MW (updated April 5, 2019)
Wind Performance Tracker — Goa 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.
Goa’s health ministry is set to introduce 20 motorcycle-borne paramedics to ensure fast response times despite traffic. The motorcycle paramedics will be stationed along the coast and in accident-prone locations throughout the state.