Uttarakhand, which was broken off from Uttar Pradesh in 2001, is divided between the plains and the Himalayan foothills and is home to some of the holiest religious sites in India. Due to the strong growth in capital investments, Uttarakhand is one of the fastest growing states in India. The four focus areas for investment in the state are agro-based industries, tourism, pharmaceuticals, and information technology.
20,650 sq. miles
$18.99 billion (USD)
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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 Uttarakhand Electricity Regulatory Commission (UERC) has issued a draft order reviewing the benchmark capital cost for solar photovoltaic (PV), solar thermal, grid-interactive rooftop, and small solar PV projects to be applicable for the financial year 2019-20. The UERC has invited comments on the draft order from all the stakeholders until January 12, 2019.
The Upper Yamuna Review Committee attended by Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Haryana, Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand and chaired by Union Water Resources Minister Nitin Gadakari, accepted the claim of Uttarakhand on all 300 MW of power produced at Lakhwad multipurpose project.
The Uttarakhand state cabinet has decided to bring down value added tax (VAT) on diesel and natural gas used for the industrial consumption by 12 and 15 percent respectively.
French developers EREN Renewable Energy and EDF Energies Nouvelles have commissioned three solar plants with a combined capacity of 72 MW in Uttarakhand.
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Solar Performance Tracker — Uttarakhand reaches 302.99 MW (updated April 5, 2019)
Wind Performance Tracker — Uttarakhand achieves 0 MW (updated April 5, 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.
In order to make healthcare facilities accessible in remote areas adjoining Haridwar and Rishikesh, the Uttarakhand government and All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) have signed a memorandum of understanding to develop primary healthcare centres in Raiwala, Ramnagar Danda, Thano, and Dhanaulti in Uttarakhand.
The Uttarakhand government announced a new program to provide 300 girls in six districts with panic buttons, which can be worn as a bracelet, necklace or ring. The device sends multiple messages when it is activated and alerts the women helpline and control room of state police within 30 seconds.
Building upon the center’s Ayushmaan Bharat scheme, Uttarakhand chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat launched the ‘Atal Ayushman Uttarakhand Yojana,’ becoming the first state to offer universal secondary and tertiary health coverage for all households in the state for medical treatment up to $7,141 per year.
Uttarakhand is set to become the first state in the country to provide air ambulance for people living in hills and far-flung areas, who face difficulties in accessing health services due to bad roads. The proposal, drafted under the aegis of National Health Mission, has received an ‘in-principle’ approval and will be fully funded by the center.