A major beneficiary of World Bank-backed power sector reforms in India is US-based multinational company AES.
In late November more than 300 people from mass and tribal organisations from the Indian state of Madya Pradesh, blockaded the World Bank office in Delhi.
A December, 1999 study by Dr. Vineeta Gupta of Insaaf International alleges serious malpractice in the World Bank’s Reproductive and Child Health Project in Punjab, India.
The World Bank is planning an independent review of its power sector reforms in India.
Indian NGO INTACH has been studying the likely impact of the World Bank-supported expansion of coal mining in Bihar on wild tigers.
In late August India’s central bank chief told a meeting of bankers in Sri Lanka that the voting structure of international funding agencies should be changed to reflect the economic strengths of developing nations.
In February the World Bank’s Board cleared a $210 million dollar loan to the state of Andhra Pradesh, India after the United States Government decided to stop blocking the loan.
At the half-way mark of the Bank’s controversial Coal India Environmental and Social Mitigation project local groups have criticised aspects of resettlement implementation.
Construction has restarted on the Sardar Sarovar (Narmada) dam, Western India, after a decision by the Supreme Court.
Andra Pradesh, India, has been the testing ground for a precedent-setting
The Inspection Panel investigation into the Singrauli power project in India has found major problems with the Bank’s approach to the project.