The common man is angry and does not know where to turn. The country’s power sector is in a perpetual reforms mode. He is demanding action. Power has become the lifeline, essential to basic services like water, transport, education and health. Clearly, the nation needs a recharge. For whom are we waiting?
POWER is essential. The two things most essential perhaps are power and speed among other things.” So said Prime Minister Jawahar Lal Nehru while advocating self-reliance in core areas at a meeting of the National Development Council (NDC) held on November 9, 1954.
Fifty-eight years later, both electricity and speed in government’s decision-making process have become non-essential. What has become essential instead is the media-orchestrated, NGOs’ campaign against innumerable power projects. The war against electricity generation projects often gets legitimacy due to favourable comments or verdict from judiciary.
The opinion leaders don’t care if the country’s trade deficit and current account deficit gets aggravated due to surging imports of coal and gas. The fact that such imports imply sacrifice of job-creation opportunities in these natural resources industries is also not their concern…..READMORE