Madhya Pradesh, India’s second largest state by area, is seeking to build a reputation as one of the country’s most dynamic states despite the steep challenges presented by a poor, largely agrarian and rural population. Fifteen years of stable government has allowed the continuous build out of infrastructure improving transportation and electricity connectivity to remote corners in the state. As the largest producer of agricultural products in the country, the state seeks to add value to this sector by building out agri-business and food processing industries. Major urban centers in the state are also home to pharmaceutical, information technology, automobile, defense, and textile industries.
119,014 sq. miles
$67.19 billion (USD)
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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 Madhya Pradesh government removed a 100-unit cap on electricity consumption for which poor consumers can claim subsidies. The cap was installed after it was found that only 146,000 consumers, or 2.3 percent of the 6.2 million poor power consumers in the state, were claiming 30 percent of the $21.1 million in subsidies offered by government.
The Madhya Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission has turned down a petition by state electricity distribution companies to revise the rates at which they procure wind power, noting that, “the power purchase agreement (PPA) has no renewal/revision/review clause empowering the Commission to revise the tariff.”
The Madhya Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission has issued a tariff order for the procurement of power from small hydro power projects in the state, setting the tariff rates at $0.085 per kWh as the first year tariff for small hydro projects below 5 MW capacity, and $0.08 per kWh as the tariff for projects with a capacity of 5 MW and above.
Essar Power announced it has commissioned the second 600 MW unit of the Mahan power plant in Madhya Pradesh, completing an overall $1 billion investment in the flagship project.
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Solar Performance Tracker — Madhya Pradesh reaches 1840.16 MW (updated May 11, 2019)
Wind Performance Tracker — Madhya Pradesh achieves 2519.89 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.
The state has announced opening of 200 stores, which will provide medicines at cheaper rates under the central government’s Pradhar Mantri Janaushadhi intiative.