With the Himalayas to the north, and the Bay of Bengal to the south, West Bengal is the largest and most economically important state in eastern India. Although it was once one of the richest and most industrialized states in India, decades of left-wing government largely succeeded in driving out international investors. Under the stable government of Mamata Banerjee, West Bengal is seeking to attract investment once again while hanging on to its leftist bona fides.
34,267 sq. miles
$109.21 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 West Bengal Electricity Regulatory Commission allows net metering for consumers who install solar photovoltaic systems before June 30, 2021.
West Bengal allows “net metering” for household solar rooftops up to a maximum capacity limit of five kilowatt. Net metering will allow the households to sell excess solar energy to the electricity distribution company. Source: Saur Energy
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West Bengal amends its Cogeneration and Electricity Generation from Renewable Sources Regulations, 2013. Amendment includes the mandate for a gross metering facility for rooftop solar systems above five kilowatt in capacity.
The West Bengal budget includes provision for 100 micro, small, and medium enterprise (MSME) parks in 3 years, free electricity for consumers with quarterly consumption up to 75 units, and $69 million for a housing scheme for tea garden workers.
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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 — West Bengal reaches 149.84 MW (updated March 31, 2021)
Wind Performance Tracker — West Bengal achieves 0 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.
The West Bengal government announced it has returned $23.3 million it received from the center as part of the Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PMJAY). The decision came after the National Health Authority wrote the state government asking it to return the money following its decision to withdraw from PMJAY.
The center has asked the West Bengal government to return the $27.16 million it had received for the central government’s Ayushman Bharat health insurance program, along with any interest earned, following the state’s withdrawal from the program.
West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee announced that the state has pulled out of the center’s Ayushman Bharat program, accusing the Narendra Modi-led National Democratic Alliance government of making “tall claims” under the health coverage program.
The West Bengal government has decided to merge the state’s Swasthya Sathi scheme with the center’s health insurance scheme Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana or Ayushman Bharat.