Get power tariffs right, please

The recent tariff subsidy bonanza announced in New Delhi for residential consumers of electricity — of up to 200 units/month — might gratify the public, but goes against economic rationale. Instead, tariff rationalisation and targeted subsidy would go a long way in sustaining the reform momentum started by the Ujwal Discom Assurance Yojana (UDAY). UDAY focused on turnaround of distribution companies (discoms) through cost reduction and improvement in operational efficiency. While it has improved some operational and financial aspects, discoms remain utterly fragile. The UDAY .....

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