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The Politics of Power Sector Reforms in India

Niranjan Sahoo (Author)
Synopsis This paper is analytically organized to develop an understanding of the political economy of the power sector, as it stands today, by analyzing the interface between politics, markets, interested parties and other various players that have determined the agenda of this sector. The paper looks at different phases -from politics during the era of one-party domination, through the transition period leading to reforms, and, finally, to the reforms phase. Given its multiple objectives of uncovering diverse processes and dynamics, the paper follows twin paths: historical as well as narrative. The primary sources of the narrative are interviews with officials and others involved with power sector, Acts, Statutes, Government announcements, resolutions, press releases, speeches, parliamentary debated, planning Commission and reports of various ministries, and other such official documents. The secondary sources of information are largely books, newspapers, journals, articles, reviews, websites and so on. The main focus of the paper is to study the different processes that led to 'political capture' of the power sector and simultaneously to look critically at reform attempts to change the process. Besides, the paper will evaluate the role politics played in perpetuating and advancing reform goals. It attempts to shed light on the circumstances, actor and forces (including political players and interest groups) that guided the reform processes and to unearth the potential areas of conflict or political hazards on the reform path. lastly, it will outline certain broad parameters for future reform measures.
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About the author

Niranjan Sahoo

Niranjan Sahoo is currently a Fellow at Observer Research Foundation, New Delhi. A Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Hyderabad, he has more than seven years of work experience in dealing with diverse governance issues. Before joining ORF, he has a short stint at the Bhubaneswar-based Centre for Youth and Social Development, a leading NGO dealing with issues related to decentralization and local self-governance. At ORF, he has extensively dealt with the political economy, the power sector, affirmative actions and public service delivery. The Author would like to acknowledge the critical contribution made by several people to complete this monograph, particularly Shakti Sinha, former Visiting fellow at ORF, for providing key conceptual guidance and critical comments on the final draft, D.V Kapoor, former Chairman, NTPC, P. Abraham, former Power Secretary, GOI, Sunjay Joshi, Senior fellow, ORF, for their very insightful comments on the final draft, Lydia Powell for all her help leading to publication of the report and Ashok Mohan Sahay for doing the vital job of editing the manuscript.

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Title The Politics of Power Sector Reforms in India
Format Softcover
Date published: 28.06.2007
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Pentagon Press
Language: English
isbn 818274301X
length iv+60p., Notes; References; 23cm.