Rajasthan is the largest state in India by area, much of which is composed of the vast Thar desert. Historically, Rajasthan has lagged on several human development indicators.  Successive governments have focused on improving inter-state and intra-state connectivity while unleashing policies to attract manufacturing service industries.  Rajasthan is the top tourist destination in the country thanks to its rich history of princely states.  Aside from the tourism industry, the state is leveraging its geostrategic location to help develop manufacturing clusters along India’s dedicated western freight corridor that will link Delhi to Mumbai. 

State Summary

  • Size
    132,139 sq. miles
  • Population
    68.6 million
  • State GDP
    $80 billion (USD)
  • Legislative Assembly Seats
  • Rajya Sabha Seats
  • Lok Sabha Seats
  • Party Affiliation
    Indian National Congress (INC)
A material shop in the local markets in the walled city center of Jaipur. (Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)
A view of the “Golden City”, Jaisalmer, from the top of the Jaisalmer fort. (Vivek2285, licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0)
Left: A material shop in the local markets in the walled city center of Jaipur. (Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)
Right: A view of the “Golden City”, Jaisalmer, from the top of the Jaisalmer fort. (Vivek2285, licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0)


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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Recent Articles

Rajasthan reverses previous government's decision to disinvest from two thermal power plants

The Rajasthan government reversed the previous BJP government’s decision to disinvest the Kali Sindh and Chhabra power plants. While the previous government had decided to disinvest from the plants in order to reduce the losses of state power companies, the Rajasthan state cabinet reversed the decision following improvements in operational efficiency and financial condition of the thermal power plants.

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Rajasthan dismisses petitions by solar developers seeking exemptions from wheeling and banking charges

The Rajasthan Electricity Regulatory Commission (RERC) dismissed petitions filed by captive solar project developers seeking relief from applicable wheeling and banking charges. The developers had filed separate petitions regarding the methodology adopted by distribution companies for the levy of wheeling charges.

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Azure Power announces commissioning of 150 MW solar plant in Rajasthan

Azure Power, a leading solar power producer in India, announced that it has commissioned a 150 MW solar power plant in Bhadla solar park in Rajasthan, and that it will supply power to SECI at a tariff of $0.036 (Rs. 2.48) per kWh for 25 years.

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Related National Goals

U.S.–India Energy Cooperation Project TrackerThere is currently no data available for . (updated July 3, 2019)

Solar Performance Tracker — Rajasthan reaches 3226.79 MW (updated May 11, 2019)

Wind Performance Tracker — Rajasthan achieves 4299.72 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.

Recent Articles

Rajasthan approves Ayushman Bharat

The Rajasthan government has approved the implementation of Ayushman Bharat - Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (AB-PMJAY) in the state. The AB-PMJAY will be integrated with Rajasthan’s existing health scheme, Bhamashah Swasthya Bima Yojana.

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Controlled distribution of new TB drugs may help resistant patients

The state’s health department’s plan of controlled distribution of new tuberculosis drugs limits patient-use in hope of combating multi-drug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB). Committees at government-run medical colleges decide which MDR-TB patients receive each new drug.

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Latest numbers of a Zika virus outbreak show 5 new cases detected

Additional Chief Secretary, Medical and Health, of the government of Rajasthan Veenu Gupta released the latest numbers of a Zika virus outbreak in Rajasthan, noting that five new cases of Zika virus were detected in Jaipur and that there are now 60 confirmed infected cases total.

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