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 approved a letter of award to Amar Raja Power Systems Limited to construct 50 MW (10 MW x 2 blocks + 15 MW x 2 blocks) of solar projects at Pavagada Solar Park, located in Tumkur district of Karnataka.
The Karnataka Renewable Energy Development Limited has awarded 100 megawatts (MW) of grid-connected solar projects to be developed across five talukas, or counties, of the state. Think Energy Partners and Shapoorji Pallonji Infrastructure Capital Company were chosen through a reverse auction process.
The Karnataka Electricity Regulatory Commission has proposed a generic tariff of $0.042/kWh for wind projects in the state. Once the proposal is finalized, it will become the ceiling tariff for wind tenders in Karnataka for the financial year (FY) 2019-20.
The Karnataka Electricity Regulatory Commission set the generic tariff for grid-connected solar rooftop units between 1 kilowatt (KW) and 10 KW installed by domestic consumers in the state at $0.06. However, with subsidies, the tariff is effectively reduced to $0.04.
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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