ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846
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Power Sector Reforms:No Takers

Starting with Andhra Pradesh, several state governments, including Maharashtra, have announced free power for farmers. In this rush towards competitive populism, the past experience of states that adopted the suicidal policy of giving free power for agriculture appears to have been lost sight of completely. Moreover, considering that subsidies for agricultural consumption largely benefit big farmers and other well-to-do people, the subsidisation of these sections by common taxpayers militates against all canons of the welfare state.

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