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Tamil Nadu Electricity Sector: The Subsidy Narrative (1989 – 2016)

By K. Vishnu Mohan Rao

For the past quarter-century, the electricity sector in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu has been defined by subsidies: free or reduced-price power granted to various groups of customers for both political and socioeconomic reasons. This paper, part of the Mapping Power series, explores the history of the subsidy narrative in Tamil Nadu, the reasons behind it, and ...

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