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

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State Sector Enterprises in Kerala

State Sector Enterprises in Kerala P M Mathew P MOHAN AN PILLAY study on public sector enterprises in Kerala (EPW, February 17-24, Review of Industry and Management) is important for two crucial reasons: Firstly, the illusion about public sector as the vanguard of socialism has been gradually fading among Kerala politicians as elsewhere in the country. Even the spokesmen of the ruling CPI(M) like V S Achuthanandan, its state secretary, have started talking of the need for 'discipline' among the employees. Besides, chief minister E K Nayanar and the minister for industries, K R Gowri have already unrolled the carpets for the Tatas for favour of investments in the state. Secondly, the stranglehold of commercial capital in Kerala shows some apparent signs of loosening because of the activated interest in the stock market. Though sickness in the small-scale industry sector has been massive, the reasons for it have to be sought in other objective factors as well.

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