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

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Karnataka Electricity Reforms: A Different Perspective


The previous Karnataka government     of J H Patel had acted with unusual speed to convert the Electricity Regulation Ordinance into an Act, to belying the hopes of pundits like D K Subramanian and Vinod Vyasulu (EPW, August 14, 1999). For good or bad, one has to now live with it.

Subramanian and Vyasulu have done well to focus public attention to an issue of vast significance to the people of Karnataka in a complex area like electricity reforms. They have given several worthy suggestions, e g, the law should give more space for the regulators to operate; the salaries should be such as to attract the right talent (instead of creating berths for IAS officials who are always on the prowl to gobble up any new position with any connection with the government); the regulatory body should have some in-house research support and have a research focus spanning various academic institutions; the government should not interfere by giving directives, which after all have led to the present mess; and above all the KEB restructuring should mean a change in substance and not just in form. Yet their critique has not seen the big picture, nor has it provided one.

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