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

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WB-Orissa Model of Power Sector Reform-Cure Worse Than Disease

Girish Sant Subodh Wagle An analysis of the regulatory aspects of the much-vaunted Orissa model of power sector reform shows serious lacunae in the whole design. The Regulatory Commission (RC), which is the supreme decision-making authority, has complete autonomy and its decisions cannot be challenged in the courts or in any other appellate body. But the provisions for the RC's accountability are too weak and can be easily by-passed. Thus the structure is highly 'sabotage-prone' andean lead the power sector to a more serious and long-term crisis, making the cure worse than the disease. Yet many other states are jumping on the bandwagon of the World Bank-conceived Orissa model.

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