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The electricity chokepoint in Tamil Nadu public finance


  • Charmi Mehta

    (xKDR Forum)

  • Radhika Pandey

    (National Institute of Public Finance and Policy)

  • Renuka Sane

    (TrustBridge Rule of Law Foundation)

  • Ajay Shah

    (xKDR Forum)


Indian electricity utilities face significant financial stress on account of unfunded subsidies. This paper places the problem of electricity subsidies in the context of a debt sustainability analysis (DSA) for Tamil Nadu. We find the state fails on five out of six indicators for debt sustainability. We integrate the electricity sector into the conventional DSA, giving a "corrected DSA". These modifications are material in changing our sense of the fiscal situation in the state. There are concerns about the extent to which the current fiscal path is sustainable. Fiscal stress harms investibility in electricity. Resolving the problems of electricity policy is a critical component of the development of the medium-term fiscal strategy for the state government.

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  • Charmi Mehta & Radhika Pandey & Renuka Sane & Ajay Shah, 2024. "The electricity chokepoint in Tamil Nadu public finance," Working Papers 31, xKDR.
  • Handle: RePEc:anf:wpaper:31

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    • H2 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue
    • H3 - Public Economics - - Fiscal Policies and Behavior of Economic Agents
    • H7 - Public Economics - - State and Local Government; Intergovernmental Relations
    • Q4 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Energy
    • Q5 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics

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