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 government has offered up to 50 percent subsidy on electricity bills generated during the lockdown period. Free electricity has been announced for those with a connected load of less than 500 watts, regardless of the amount of electricity used.
The Kerala State Electricity Regulatory Commission (KSERC) has issued new regulations called the Kerala State Electricity Regulatory Commission (Renewable Energy and Net Metering) Regulations, 2020 in which the state has directed constitution of renewable energy cell.
In Detail: KSERC Renewable Energy and Net metering Regulations, 2020
To achieve optimum energy efficiency and conserve power, Kerala will now ban the sale of compact fluorescent lamp and filament light bulbs across the state from November 1, announced Finance Minister Thomas Isaac in his budget speech.
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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 257 MW (updated March 31, 2021)
Wind Performance Tracker — Kerala achieves 62.5 MW (updated March 30, 2021)
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.
Kerala has announced a new comprehensive Palliative Care Policy 2019 for the critically-ill with an aim to provide them with “high quality service with social support”.
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.