The so-called “Gujarat model” of development–attracting foreign investment through high-quality infrastructure and an intense attention to the needs of investors–has made Gujarat one of India’s richest and most industrialized states and catapulted long-time Chief Minister Narendra Modi to national power in 2014. Gujarat remains on of India’s most attractive investment destinations, but the Gujarat model has been criticized for failing to improve the lives of the states poor, and Gujarat has not had equal success in developing 21st century industries such as the IT sector.
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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.
Citing higher power purchase costs, the Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam Limited and Torrent Power increased fuel surcharge rates on electricity for the current quarter.
The Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam Limited canceled the results of a recently-conducted auction for 700 megawatts (MW) of grid-connected solar photovoltaic projects in the state. According to sources, the reason provided for the cancellation was that the tariffs quoted were too high.
The Gujarat government released a land policy for renewable energy projects, which seeks to set up wind parks and wind-solar hybrid parks in the state, similar to solar parks. Such parks will be a first by any Indian state.
The Gujarat Electricity Regulatory Commission announced new regulations for the forecasting, scheduling, and deviation settlement of solar and wind generating sources in the state.
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Solar Performance Tracker — Gujarat reaches 1637.15 MW (updated April 5, 2019)
Wind Performance Tracker — Gujarat achieves 3948.61 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 Gujarat government announced that an All India Institute of Medical Sciences will be established near Rajkot.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated several development projects in Gujarat, including a government civil hospital, 13 projects of the Junagadh Municipal Corporation, and a milk processing plant in Junagadh.
The Gujarat government has launched an initiative to provide doorstep primary healthcare assistance for elderly people.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched a national immunization program for India and the state of Gujarat. The Intensified Mission Indradhanush (IMI) aims to provide essential immunizations to pregnant women and children under the age of two with the aim of covering 90 percent of the population under the program by 2020.