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 Electricity Regulatory Commission (TNERC) sets a benchmark tariff of $0.031 per kilowatt hour (kWh) for agricultural solar pumps. TNERC also set a $0.013 per kWh incentive for farmers exporting surplus energy back into the grid.
The Tamil Nadu Electricity Regulatory Commission issues a tariff order for solar power procurement by distribution licensees. The order proposes distribution licensees to procure power through a competitive bidding process prescribed by the central government.
The Tamil Nadu government has increased VAT on fuel. With the revised VAT, petrol and diesel prices have increased by $0.04 per liter and $0.03 per liter respectively.
The Tamil Nadu Electricity Regulatory Commission approved a tariff rate of ~$0.04 per kilowatt-hour for procuring about 441 MW of wind power through the Solar Energy Corporation of India for 25 years.
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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 4403.48 MW (updated March 31, 2021)
Wind Performance Tracker — Tamil Nadu achieves 9431.54 MW (updated March 30, 2021)
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 government promulgates a public health ordinance which makes violation of Covid-19 norms a compoundable offence. This will allow the authorities to levy a spot fine or file a charge sheet against the violators.
Tamil Nadu launched the Tamil Nadu Health System Reform Programme with $287 million in funding support from the World Bank. The program aims to improve quality of care, management of non-communicable diseases, and reduce equity gaps in child health.
The state government has identified locations for setting up six new medical colleges and released $83.7 million for kickstarting the construction work.
The center has sanctioned $275.7 million to Tamil Nadu for setting up six new medical colleges under a centrally-sponsored scheme, bringing the total number of government-owned medical colleges in the state to 29.