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Political Narrative on the Electricity Sector by an Outsider

Electrifying India - Regional Political Economies of Development by Sunila S Kale, Stanford University Press, 2014; pp 237, Rs 2,569.

Bailing Out Unaccountability

The centre has approved a fi nancial restructuring plan to deal with the losses of state electricity distribution companies, which are around Rs 1.9 lakh crore, or more than 2% of the country's gross domestic product. There is little doubt that the crisis is a result of the companies, state electricity regulatory commissions, state and central governments, and banks failing to ensure the existing legal provisions were implemented. While this bailout may be unavoidable, the plan does not address the issue of institutional accountability that is at the root of this crisis.

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