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Doing this requires first setting standards that are stringent and usher in best technology and management, and then ensuring that monitoring is rigorous and verifiable.
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It was India’s largest power generator, National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC), that refused public scrutiny. This will not build a cleaner future. Ultimately, this is the real agenda for reform.