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

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Rehabilitation of the Indira Sagar Pariyojana Displaced

This article, based on a survey of families displaced by the Indira Sagar Pariyojana dam in Madhya Pradesh, assesses the rehabilitation outcomes. The living standards of people have deteriorated as incomes of most families have fallen by more than half as compared to the pre-displacement years. The main cause of the devastation is the poor design and implementation of the rehabilitation and resettlement programme. An appendix providing survey information is also posted on the web site; the appendix was not reviewed, edited and published in the print edition.

How Can India Achieve Energy Security?

The time has come for India to set its energy priorities right. We need a robust policy which can enhance development and supply capabilities in energy production technologies. It should ensure dispersed and reliable supply of useful energy carriers to all citizens at an affordable cost and drastically reduce both local air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.

Power Sector in Uttar Pradesh

Uttar Pradesh State Electricity Board's poor financial condition and growing power shortages called for radical reforms of the state's power industry. However, this analysis shows that the reforms model being implemented is based on incomplete diagnosis of the Board's past problems. High cost of power purchase, arbitrary depreciation norms, misrepresentation of agriculture consumption and over-reporting of impact of subsidy, were as important reasons as poor maintenance, poor productivity, high T and D losses, poor billing efficiency and high subsidy to agriculture, in affecting financial performance of the Board. Besides lack of recognition of the former set of causes, the reforms process is ridden with other major pitfalls like sabotage-prone gaps in the proposed model and ad hoc handling of its implementation. The proposed reforms model appears to have been conceived out of desperation to escape from financial burden imposed by past mistakes, rather than out of a conscious reorientation of past policies, structures and systems in keeping with international changes in technological and competitive environment.
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