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.
For the second time, SECI has extended the bid submission deadline for the tender to set up 500 MW (Phase I) of grid-connected solar PV projects in Tamil Nadu on a Build Own Operate basis by a month.
Tamil Nadu, one of India’s biggest renewable energy producing states, announced it will stop conducting auctions for wind and solar energy projects following poor response to its tenders which set limits on tariffs. Instead, it will buy clean power from the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) to fulfil its Renewable Purchase Obligation.
Farmers in Tamil Nadu have begun protesting a planned hydrocarbon project in the Thiruvarur, Nagappatinam, Pudukottai, and Thanjavore districts of Tamil Nadu. The central government had earlier given in-principle approval to Oil and Natural Gas Corporation and the Vedanta group for hydrocarbon extraction in the region.
The Ministry of Environment, Forest, and Climate Change granted the terms of reference to Vedanta Ltd’s Cairn Oil & Gas to carry out Environment Impact Assessment for drilling a total of 274 offshore and onshore oil and gas exploration wells in the Bay of Bengal, Tamil Nadu, and Puducherry.
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U.S.–India Energy Cooperation Project Tracker — There is currently no data available for . (updated July 3, 2019)
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.
Tamil Nadu’s Infant Mortality Rate (IMR) fell further, dropping from 17 to 16 per 1,000 live births in 2017. The State has been registering a steady decline in IMR since 2013.
The central government, the state government, and the World Bank signed a loan agreement to provide $287 million for the Tamil Nadu Health System Reform Program to improve the quality of health care, reduce the burden of non-communicable diseases, and fill equity gaps in reproductive and child health services in the state of Tamil Nadu.
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.