Karnataka–and particularly its capital, Bangalore–shot to prominence in the 1990s as the home of India’s burgeoning IT industry. While Bangalore now faces steeper competition for the title of India’s “Silicon Valley,” it is still one of the most important destinations for foreign and domestic investment in India. Coupled with the successful establishment of aerospace and biotech industries in the state, Karnataka has emerged as a top knowledge, research and innovation hub in Asia. However, periods of leading and lagging on reforms are the state’s main impediments to delivering on the development promises to its citizens.
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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 Karnataka Electricity Regulatory Commission (KERC) has approved a request from the electricity supply companies to increase electricity bills by 0.5 cents (33 paisa) per unit, or kilowatt-hour.
The Karnataka Electricity Regulatory Commission announced that the state will stop building new solar energy projects in order to balance its renewable power purchase obligations and to address concerns about the financial health of the state’s power distribution companies.
ReNew Power announced it has commissioned its 300 MW solar plant at Pavagada Solar Park in Tumkur district of Karnataka. This is ReNew Power’s largest solar plant commissioned in terms of capacity till date.
The Karnataka Power Corporation Ltd. announced a tender for the installation of 700 solar photovoltaic (PV) modules of 230 watt-power capacity for a 3 MW solar PV power plant at Itnal Village in Belagavi district in the state. The last date of bid submission is April 10, 2019, and the tenders will be opened on April 12, 2019.
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U.S.–India Energy Cooperation Project Tracker — There is currently no data available for . (updated July 3, 2019)
Solar Performance Tracker — Karnataka reaches 6095.56 MW (updated May 11, 2019)
Wind Performance Tracker — Karnataka achieves 4694.9 MW (updated May 11, 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.
Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah announced the ‘Arogya Karnataka’ healthcare initiative to provide free and subsidized quality treatment to below-poverty-line and above-poverty-line families in the state.
Karnataka has declined joining the central government’s health insurance initiative on account of already having a universal health scheme for its citizens.
The Karnataka government unveiled its new public health policy. The policy recognizes that Karnataka’s health outcomes lag those of its neighbors and that is suffers from regional disparities and gaps in secondary and tertiary coverage. It commits the state to, among other actions, increasing access to care, particularly primary health care; implementing electronic medical records; and establishing 24x7 generic drug dispensaries on site at second- and third-tier healthcare facilities.
The Karnataka Assembly passed a slightly diluted version of a law to regulate pricing and other policies at private hospitals and medical establishments. The final bill, the Karnataka Private Medical Establishments (Amendment) (KPME) Bill, removes imprisonment as a possible sanction for violators of the act and includes representatives of the private sector on district-level grievance committees. It allows the government to set fees for procedures performed under government health insurance and prohibits hospitals from holding corpses hostage when fees have not been paid.
In Detail: Karnataka Private Medical Establishment (Amendment) Act, 2017