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

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National Policy for Street Vendors

Street vendors across several Indian cities have generally been regarded as nuisance value, their presence seen as inimical to urban development. However, the range of goods and services they provide renders them useful to other sections of the urban poor and thus they form an important segment of the informal economy. A draft national policy on street vendors argues that needs of this section are vital for urban planning purposes. Regulation of vendors and hawking zones and granting vendors a voice in civic administration need to become definitive elements of urban development policy.

Telecommunications Liberalisation

The government's reluctance in the first round of reforms to break the dominance of department of telecommunications and to overhaul the legal and regulatory regime led to endless litigation, which delayed the liberalisation process for almost a decade. The explosive growth of the Internet and wireless technologies and the threat by investors to decamp and withdraw their investment led the government to make efforts to untangle the problems. The 1999 Telecom Policy, the Internet Policy of 1998, and the recent legal and regulatory initiatives to overhaul the legal and regulatory regime are all steps in a positive direction. This article takes India's case as an example to show that a proper legal and regulatory regime at an institutional level at the outset, and a clear commitment to pro-competitive market principles at the political level, are necessary preconditions to successfully reforming the telecom sector.

Financial Sector: Single vs Multiple Regulators

The possibility of friction, even conflict, as a result of the functioning of multiple regulators overseeing different segments of the financial sector does not make a convincing case for a single all-powerful super-regulator on the lines of the arrangement in the UK. A more satisfactory solution to the problem would be to devise an institutional mechanism for conflict resolution.

Independence of Regulators under the Electricity Bill

A critical look at the electricity bill presented to parliament from the standpoint of the independence of the regulatory commissions under the bill's provisions.


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