Discoms continues to be the weakest link in the electricity chain although they enjoy the regulated rate of return. What are the reasons for stress in the Discoms and suggest the measures to make them self-sustaining. 10 marks

Mentor’s comment- https://www.thehindu.com/opinion/lead/indias-discom-stress-is-more-than-the-sum-of-its-past/article32957608.ece In the intro, mention the important role played by the discoms by retailing the power to consumers. In the body, elaborate on the various factors that have been impacting the discoms- high AT and T losses, long term PPAs at higher rates, lack of cost-reflective tariffs by the regulators, challenge of payables … Continue reading Discoms continues to be the weakest link in the electricity chain although they enjoy the regulated rate of return. What are the reasons for stress in the Discoms and suggest the measures to make them self-sustaining. 10 marks