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The twin balance sheet problem

Power and telecom are two sectors which can hurt banks very badly

Devangshu Datta 

Devangshu Datta Volume 2 of the Economic Survey (ES2) talks about three sectors central to the Twin Balance Sheet Problem (TBS) — high unserviceable corporate debt and  high non-performing assets (NPAs). These are obviously related. ES2 has a focus on the power and telecom sectors. Power has long suffered from poor management of state-owned discoms (distribution companies) and poor state policy. Discoms are forced to sell power at unviable rates, taking large losses. They also have high transmission and distribution (T&D) losses, meaning units generated are unbilled. In turn, generators, ...

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First Published: Sun, August 20 2017. 22:09 IST
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