A dysfunctional enmeshment4 min read . Updated: 15 Jan 2018, 01:34 AM IST
The intertwining of coal and power sectors is inconsistent with a policy of introducing greater competition in these sectors
In psychology, enmeshment describes a relationship where boundaries are permeable and unclear, resulting in a lack of autonomy for the individuals, leading to dysfunction. There are strong parallels in the relationship between coal and power sectors in India. Boundaries between the sectors are unclear with policy goals in one sector being pursued by tinkering with pricing in the other sector, obscuring inefficiencies. While such intertwining of the two sectors may have been appropriate in a command and control economy, it is inconsistent with the current policy of introducing greater competition in these sectors.
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