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.
The Kerala State Electricity Board announced a tender for 200 MW of grid-connected solar photovoltaic projects to be developed in Kerala as an Independent Power Producer. The bid-submission deadline is February 1, 2019, with the upper ceiling tariff fixed at $0.05/kWh.
The Kerala cabinet has approved the state’s Electric Vehicle Policy. The policy envisages a phased reduction in pollution, fuel-saving measures and increase in the use of electric vehicles.
The Cabinet cleared a proposal to establish 20 small hydroelectric projects under the build, own, operate, and transfer model. Kerala will buy the power they produce under a 30-year contract with private power producers. The tariff will be decided by the Kerala State Electricity Regulatory Commission.
The National Hydropower Corporation (NHPC) is experimenting with a new revenue-sharing model for wind power. Tribal communities in Palakkad district will receive 5 percent of revenue from an 8 MW wind farm built on their land. In 2014 the previous state government tried to build 82 MW of wind capacity in the area but abandoned the project due to difficulties acquiring land.
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Solar Performance Tracker — Kerala reaches 138.49 MW (updated April 5, 2019)
Wind Performance Tracker — Kerala achieves 43.5 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.
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.