Maharashtra is India’s economic powerhouse, home to the economic capital of Mumbai and the source of a significant source of the central government’s tax revenues. Thanks in large part to the many industries located in the state and progressive government policies, since the early 2000s, the state remains a top destination for investors in a range of sectors. But the massive state also embodies many of India’s contradictions; its eastern reaches are remote, prone to drought, and deeply poor. The current government is seeking to bring development to those areas while not neglecting the needs of its urban centers including the megacity of Mumbai.
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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.
State-run engineering firm Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited announced it has won an order from the Maharashtra State Power Generation Company for its 660-megawatt coal-based supercritical thermal power project at the Bhusawal Thermal Power Station.
The Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission granted the Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited leeway in the timeline for paying the dues to wind power generators. While the power purchase agreements require the distribution company (discom) to pay wind power generators within 45 days after invoices are raised, the regulator has allowed it to make the payments according to a schedule proposed by the discom that is less restrictive.
The Maharashtra government raised the tax on power sales for industrial and commercial consumers in Mumbai. The tax will earn an additional revenue of $90 million a month after this tax hike for the state.
The Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited has released pending details for the 1,400 MW solar tender it had issued last year. The tender calls to develop 1,400 MW of solar projects in 30 administrative divisions in the state.
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Solar Performance Tracker — Maharashtra reaches 1419.18 MW (updated April 5, 2019)
Wind Performance Tracker — Maharashtra achieves 4653.83 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.
The Maharashtra government created a Transgender Welfare Board to provide formal education, employment opportunities, conduct health programs, and give legal help to members of the transgender community.
In an attempt to reduce child mortality rate, the state government has decided to provide a baby care kit worth $27.80 each to children born in state health care centers or government hospitals.
The fight against TB is set to intensify in Maharashtra with the involvement of NGOs, who will work closely with private practitioners to find the ‘missing’ TB patients and put them on treatment while ensuring their confidentiality.
The government of Maharashtra signed an MOU with NITI Aayog and the Wadhwani AI group to launch the International Center for Transformational Artificial Intelligence focusing on the rural healthcare in the state. Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said that this project was aimed at fostering a greater collaboration in the healthcare sector.