Update on India’s States: June 26, 2019

Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan join Modi’s PM Kisan Nidhi farmers’ welfare scheme after long-standing opposition; Goa and Maharashtra pass new reservation policies for certain social groups; Madhya Pradesh announces new subsidies for farmers in the event of crop loss; Haryana…

Update on India’s States: June 19, 2019

Karnataka waives crop loans in commercial banks that have become non-performing assets; the National Thermal Power Corporation facilitates new solar power operations in Gujarat, Rajasthan, and Telangana; Tamil Nadu establishes guidelines to help maintain grid discipline and security for solar…

Update on India’s States: June 12, 2019

Gujarat launches pilot program to limit air pollution under the Gujarat Pollution Control Board; Andhra Pradesh and Kerala announce new measures to support farmers; Karnataka introduces new policy to regulate the mass increase of telecommunication towers; The Maharashtra State Electricity…

Update on India’s States: June 5, 2019

The center issues a third tender to create solar projects in Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, and Jharkhand to address more efficient use of empty land; Karnataka increases electricity bills following a request from electricity supply companies; Tamil Nadu accepts proposal to…

Modi Reform Scorecard: DBT Checks the Right Boxes

By Anit Mukherjee — Status: In Progress – The Modi government has created a new portal to track its efforts to transition to a direct benefit transfer model in India Difficulty: High – With the size of India’s population, and the difficultly in targeting remote and…

Update on India’s States: May 30, 2019

Tamil Nadu stops conducting auctions for wind and solar energy projects following poor response to its tenders; Telangana releases a draft Blockchain Policy; Maharashtra announces progress on the Maharashtra Land Titling Act, which will create a single-window mechanism for the…

Update on India’s States: May 22, 2019

Telangana defers the second phase of a 4,000 MW Super Thermal Power Project implemented by the National Thermal Power Corporation; Uttar Pradesh announces a crackdown on the state’s ‘sugarcane mafia,’ a group of middlemen that are duping farmers in the…

Cyberattacks Threaten India’s Economic Growth

By Matt Weis —  From April 29-30, India hosted its first major cybersecurity exercise, titled Cyberex, reflecting growing concerns over the country’s cybersecurity. These concerns are well founded. Potential economic losses from cyberattacks in the Asia-Pacific region reached $1.745 trillion,…

Update on India’s States: May 15, 2019

Meghalaya faces a severe power crisis; Kerala announces new plan to ensure power supply through two sources for all rural and urban areas in the state; a one-gigawatt tender in Gujarat fails to attract developers despite four deadline extensions; Rajasthan…

The Challenges of the ‘Crazy Uncle’ Strategy

By Scott Kennedy —  Not So Fast! Just as everyone was getting comfortable thinking a broad U.S.-China trade deal was close at hand, and the relationship between the world’s two largest powers would stabilize, a consensus emerged that President Trump…