Odisha struggles with significant challenges, including a difficult neighborhood, persistent left-wing violence, and interior districts that are some of the poorest and most isolated in India. The state government, led by the Biju Janata Dal, has largely responded with populist measures that have won it unusual stability in office. Odisha was an early adopter of power sector reforms; more recently its capital, Bhubaneswar, was the first ranked “Smart City” in the country. Paired with relative political stability, Odisha’s stature as an investment destination is rising.
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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.
Aditya Birla Renewables Ltd, part of the Aditya Birla Group, signed a long-term power purchase agreement with Odisha’s power trader Gridco to develop a 75 MW solar power plant in the state. The company offered the lowest bid of $0.04 per kilowatt-hour, or unit, in response to a 200 MW solar power tender floated by Gridco.
Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik launched the Soura Jalanidhi scheme that aims to increase use of solar energy for helping farmers in irrigating their land. Under the scheme, 5,000 solar pumps will be given to Odisha farmers at a subsidy of 90 percent to irrigate 2,500 acres of land.
The Gas Authority of India Limited, Bharat Gas Resources, and Adani Gas Limited announced they will invest around $482 million in 17 districts in Odisha to provide piped natural gas to households, as well as commercial and industrial segments under the central government’s City Gas Distribution project. The project is expected to provide employment to around 20,000 people of the state.
Gridco, Odisha’s bulk power procurer and trader, has expressed interest to purchase 40 MW of solar power from the National Hydroelectric Power Corporation. The hydropower generation company has proposed to set up the 40-MW solar plant in Odisha with an investment of about $26.3 million, and the state technical committee has approved the proposal.
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Solar Performance Tracker — Odisha reaches 394.73 MW (updated May 11, 2019)
Wind Performance Tracker — Odisha achieves 0 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 Odisha cabinet approved the ‘Khushi Yojana’ to provide 1.725 million school girls in the state with free sanitary pads, and allocated $65.58 million over 5 years.
Healthcare multinational company Abbott announced it will provide one million rapid diagnostic testing kits and $840,000 funding over three years to support the goal of eliminating malaria. The funding will support capacity building, including training workers on the ground to screen and report cases into the state’s surveillance system.
The Odisha government announced that Odia citizens living outside the state, particularly migrant workers, are now eligible for the state’s health insurance scheme, Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana.
In a bid to eradicate malaria from Odisha, the state government signed an MOU with two U.S.-based agencies - Malaria No More and Malaria Elimination Trust – to help the state government prepare a strategy on how to overcome the disease.