Puducherry is a union territory which comprises the former French colonies Puducherry, Karaikal, Mahe and Yanam, situated in tiny enclaves on both of India’s Arabian Sea and Bay of Bengal coasts. Puducherry’s small size and fractured terrain mean that it lacks a unified economy, and its various enclaves are more likely to take on the characteristics of the states around them.

State Summary

  • Size
    190 sq. miles
  • Population
    1.2 million
  • State GDP
    $3.26 billion (USD)
  • Legislative Assembly Seats
  • Rajya Sabha Seats
  • Lok Sabha Seats
  • Party Affiliation
    Indian National Congress (INC) and Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK)
View of Puducherry beach from light house. (Karthik Easvur, licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0)
Immaculate Conception Cathedral. (BishkekRocks, licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0)
Left: View of Puducherry beach from light house. (Karthik Easvur, licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0)
Right: Immaculate Conception Cathedral. (BishkekRocks, licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0)


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.


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Joint Electricity Regulatory Commission for Goa and all Union Territories increases regulatory surcharges for all consumers

The joint electricity regulatory commission for Goa and all the Union Territories, including Puducherry, has proposed to increase the regulatory surcharge from 4 percent to 10 percent for all consumer categories, except those falling under the “one house one bulb” program and the agriculture categories for the 2019-20 financial year.

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Puducherry proposes an increase in power tariff

Starting April 2018, Puducherry Electricity Department (PED) is proposing an increase in tariff for domestic and other categories of consumers under the multi-year tariff (MYT) system. The tariff has been revised to bridge the revenue gap of $33 million from 2016-2019 and to earn additional revenue of $20 million.

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Madhya Pradesh and Puducherry sign on to center's UDAY power bailout initiative

Madhya Pradesh and the Union Territory of Puducherry both signed the memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Ministry of Power to join the Ujwal Discom Assurance Yojana (UDAY). The total number of states and union territories that have joined UDAY is now 16.

Source: Hindu Business Line Go to

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Solar Performance Tracker — Puducherry reaches 3.14 MW (updated May 11, 2019)

Wind Performance Tracker — Puducherry 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.

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