Tamil Nadu, which prizes its distinctiveness and independence from northern India, was one of India’s first states to industrialize and has built an impressive industrial base. Its high-functioning bureaucracy is known for excellent administration of welfare schemes, giving the state some of the best social indicators in India. In recent years, however, Tamil Nadu’s competitiveness has slipped as its government has been slow to adopt reforms or to appeal to foreign investors.
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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 Tamil Nadu government unveiled a new Solar Energy Policy, 2019. The policy set a target of generating 9,000 MW of solar power for the state by 2022.
The Tamil Nadu Electricity Regulatory Commission has proposed a feed-in tariff for solar photovoltaic (PV) procurement in its latest consultative paper. The tariff will apply to procurement from all solar PV projects of capacity 1 MW and above. The paper is open for comments until March 1, 2019.
The closure of three thermal units in Tiruvallur district owned by a joint venture between Tangdeco and the National Thermal Power Corporation will cause shortage of 1,000MW of power for the state distribution company.
Tamil Nadu wind power developers have complained to the Appellate Tribunal for Electricity that the latest tariff of $0.038 per kilowatt-hour, or unit, is too low and Tamil Nadu Electricity Regulator Commission has not taken into consideration the total cost for setting up a wind power tower.
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Solar Performance Tracker — Tamil Nadu reaches 2575.22 MW (updated May 11, 2019)
Wind Performance Tracker — Tamil Nadu achieves 8968.91 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 Tamil Nadu government announced that it will increase the coverage of its insurance scheme from $2,870 to $7,175. As a result, the 15.8 million families registered under the government’s health scheme can now obtain treatment that costs up to $7,175 per year at no cost to them.
After finding a gross delay in diagnosis of patients with tuberculosis, the state has decided to make testing facilities available in all public hospitals from primary health centers to medical college hospitals across the state.
The Tamil Nadu government has signed an MOU to merge the existing Chief Minister’s Comprehensive Health Insurance Scheme of the state, introduced in 2009, with the prime minister’s Jan Arogya Yojana or Ayushman Bharat program. Tamil Nadu’s health insurance scheme covers 15.7 million families and gives up to $6,800 every year, per family, on par with the prime minister’s scheme.
Tamil Nadu became the 30th state to sign up for the central government’s Ayushman Bharat Scheme by signing an agreement with the center in association with the Chief Minister’s Comprehensive Health Insurance Scheme in the state.