ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Postal Regulation

With the entry of private courier service providers and the gradual liberalisation of the sector, jurisdictions across the world are grappling with aspects of postal regulation. From a public policy perspective, the social, economic and developmental implications of the postal regulatory regime are signifi cant. In the Indian context, this article highlights the concerns of service providers and consumers regarding the proposed Draft Post Offi ce Bill 2011. It recommends elements for inclusion in the long-awaited legislative overhaul of the postal sector, in the light of experiences of other jurisdictions and the regulatory architecture for other network industries.

Regulating Utilities: A Legislative Framework

The Draft Regulatory Reform Bill which was prepared by the Planning Commission in 2009 but is yet to be finalised hopes to introduce a common legislative framework and institutional architecture for public utility regulatory commissions in various infrastructure sectors. This article argues that the bill does not take into account the constitutionally mandated separation of powers and the principles of federalism. It suggests the need for a statutory macro-regulatory coordination body that respects these principles. It further examines the role of the institutional framework in ensuring the independence and effectiveness of regulators.
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