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Electricity (Amendment) Bill, 2020

The proposed Electricity (Amendment) Bill, 2020 aims to reduce subsidies and push for privatisation, especially in the distribution segment of the power sector. Undertaking structural changes in a core sector at a time of crisis from the COVID-19 pandemic and its economic effects defies logic. The proposed amendments are not only anti-people, but they also fail to address the long-term crises in the sector and will only accelerate its deterioration. The central government must hold off on passing any hasty legislation on the subject and adopt a more scientific and less ideological approach to deal with the travails of the power sector.

Political Economy of Independent Regulation in India’s Natural Gas Industry

Based on a case study of India's downstream hydrocarbon regulator, this article argues that the success or failure of independent regulation in industries supplying basic goods and services is determined by the politico-economic context in which the regulator functions. In a developing country with a large number of poor people without access to basic necessities such as water, energy, or roads, independent economic regulation by itself can deliver little, unless backed by a strong political will

Maintenance of Highways An Evaluation

Sudha Mahalingam This paper attempts to assess the adequacy of maintenance efforts with reference to normative specifications for one category of physical capital assets, viz, highways. It is a State-level evaluation where the actual maintenance expenditure on highways in every State is compared with the State-specific norms prescribed for the purpose in order to identify those States/UTs where the maintenance efforts measured in terms of expenditure on maintenance deviate from the desirable levels.

Computer Industry in India-Strategies for Late-Comer Entry

Computer Industry in India Strategies for Late-Comer Entry Sudha Mahalingam The traditional import-substituting approach is unlikely to be cost-efficient in a high-tech sphere such as information technology. What is needed is a different approach based on the country's relative strengths as well as the available options. For, from the user's angle, the benefits of developments in information technology are far too valuable to be missed, while from the manufacturer's angle, the stakes of meaningful participation in global information technology trade are high. It is necessary to evolve suitable late-comer strategies after carefully weighing the available options.
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