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Government Control Over Public Enterprise
A Study of APSLPEs

By P.C. Sai Babu
December 1996
Spellbound Publications Ltd.
ISBN: 81-7600-023-X
195 pages, illustrated
$33.50 hardcover

There is a large scale disenchantment with public enterprises everywhere. Efforts are being make to trim down the role of the State in many countries. Starting with the East Europe, efforts are on the move to roll back the Government's intervention in the economic activity. The dominant ideology of the present era is that Government is not the solution, but the problem. The underlying assumption is that Government interference and controls are the main source of public enterprise inefficiency.

Wherever Government used Public sector as a vehicle for development, they created a network of organisations to take care of the effective functioning of the same. This need is intensified by the fact that the public sector lacks the internal organisational forces making for efficiency. Though there is an elaborate system of control glossing over the functioning of the public enterprises, the system is criticised heavily for its non-performance.

The present study probes into the legitimacy and effectiveness of control over public enterprises by various agencies in the state of Andhra Pradesh in India. This book examines the control framework created by the Governement to ensure proper functioning of the state level public enterprises in Andhra Pradesh. Control over public enterprises in general has been interpreted by many as only legislative control. But this book deals with the remaining dimensions of control also, namely, ministerial control and audit control. Further an attempt has been made in the book to assess the effectiveness of each constituent of control mechanism created by government of Andhra Pradesh.