August 09, 2017

The Practice of Policy

In this Mint article, Jessica Seddon, Visiting Fellow at IDFC Institute talks about the blatant gaps in policy intent and implementation on the ground. Excerpts:


"Ambitious policy proclamations still run aground on deeply entrenched economic interests. Take for example, the continuing flow of open access disputes in electricity, in which a commercial supplier and/or an industrial customer requests open access from a (generally state-owned) distribution licensee. The transcripts frequently describe futile attempts at correspondence and eventual answers that seem either evasive or at odds with the general principles of electron flow. In one case, a state distribution utility took the state electricity regulatory commission (ERC) to court for ordering it to provide open access, claiming that the regulator had no jurisdiction since it was a dispute between a customer and a utility that should go to the Consumer Grievance Redressal Forum. The prevalence of these issues in court suggests that a key part of the Electricity Act of 2003 is still not working on the ground."


Topic : State Capacity / In : OP-EDS
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