Overview for Plight of the Power Sector in India: Inefficiency, Reform, and Political Economy
This study examines three aspects of the power sector in India: The operational inefficiency in the State Electricity Boards, the Consequent reform drives and the political economy involved in these two aspects. It is argued that the present system predicament is due to problems, which are just internal to the system. This then implies that there do remain sufficient quarters for remedial exercises, meant to remove the problems that stand in the way of the SEBsâ€™ improved performance. In other words, what the system badly requires is essence-specific reforms, not structure-specific ones. This in turn signifies the prime need to keep the power sector wholly in the public domain in a developing country like India.
N. Vijayamohanan Pillai (Author)
N. Vijayamohanan Pillai is Associate Fellow at the Centre for Development Studies, Thiruvananthapuram.
K.P. Kannan (Author)
K.P. Kannan is Fellow and Director of the Centre for Development Studies, Trivandrum. He also holds the Indian Planning commission Chair in Development Economics at the Centre. He is author of several books and articles on a wide range of development issues including labour, poverty, social security and human development. He has served in various national and international bodies. During 2002-03 he worked as an Expert Member in the Technical Secretariat of the World commission on Social Dimensions of Globalisation constituted by the International Labour Organisation, Geneva.