Kerala is proud of its reputation as one of India’s most independent states, pursuing a course quite different from that laid out by the central government. It has nurtured a leftist economic model that has brought stellar human development indicators but has failed to provide enough jobs, leading millions of residents to seek work in the Gulf over the past generation. Kerala is now seeking to create jobs at home, with a strong emphasis on making itself an IT and start-up hub.
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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.
An indigenous electric three-wheeler with German battery technology created by Kerala Automobiles, running at a cost of just $0.0073 per kilometer, will debut on Indian roads by September.
The Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) has signed a PSA with SECI for procuring 200 MW of wind power.
Providing impetus to the government’s ambitious project to establish Waste-to-Energy plants across the state, KSEB signed a PPA with Kochi-based GJ Eco Power Pvt. Ltd., the agency implementing the project at the Brahmapuram solid waste treatment plant.
The Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) has issued a tender to lease 1,500 electric buses in a “wet” or “dry” lease. Under a wet lease option, the bidder will provide the buses along with a driver and KSRTC will deploy its own conductor. Under a dry lease option, KSRTC will deploy the driver and conductor, and the bidder will only provide the bus.
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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 — Kerala reaches 138.59 MW (updated May 11, 2019)
Wind Performance Tracker — Kerala achieves 52.5 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.
Two private hospitals in Thiruvananthapuram have launched STEPS (System for TB Elimination in Private Sector) centers, thus joining hands with the government in the Kerala Tuberculosis Elimination Mission. STEPS will be a single window for TB case notification, linkage for public health actions, and treatment support.
India has the highest tuberculosis burden in the world, but in Kerala, the incidence is already down to 44 cases per 100,000 population.
Kerala signs MOU with central government to join the flagship Ayushman Bharat healthcare program.
The state government has launched the universal Comprehensive Newborn Screening program, the first of its kind in India, which will ensure that all newborns born in public health facilities will be screened for various developmental diseases and birth defects within 48 hours of delivery.