Shortage of power in states such as Delhi, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Karnataka Friday threatened to cascade into a pan-India crisis with coal supplies hit due to varied reasons, including rains and civil strife.
Several states have been facing three-four hours of power cuts a day and the situation appeared to be worsening despite some steps to spruce up feedstock supplies announced by Coal Minister Sriprakash Jaiswal Thursday.
"In order to ensure greater availability of coal for the power sector, the ministry of coal has decided to offer some of the e-auction coal to the sector during the current month," said a statement issued Wednesday evening.
As per the existing policy on supply of coal, 10 percent of the total available quantity of this feedstock is kept for e-auction. Jaiswal also directed officials to increase immediately loading of coal to 180 rakes per day from the present 153 rakes.
Out of these 145 rakes were earmarked for the power sector.
"We welcome this first step from the government. This will definitely help mitigate the immediate coal crisis," said Ashok Khurana, director general of the Association of Power Producers, an lobby mainly for private players.
The main reasons behind the shortage of feedstock are heavy rains in some coal producing areas, a two-day strike by workers of state-run Coal India last week and the disruption of mining in Andhra Pradesh due to a strike to press for a separate state of Telengana.
As a result, many of the units of the country's largest power producing utility, the state-run NTPC, have been left with coal supplies for no more than two days. Some units were also operating at sub-optimal levels, power ministry officials said.
In the national capital, one of the two distribution companies said the situation was set to improve by weekend. "But during the interim, to the extent of the shortfall, the Delhi discoms will be constrained to undertake load shedding on a rotational basis."
In West Bengal, though, the situation was caused by Coal India's subsidiaries halting supplies to state-run utilities due to default in payment, prompting the state's power minister to assure people that the situation will improve in three days.
Gujarat, on the other hand, while not facing a power crisis decided to stop distribution to other states as a precautionary measure, claiming a 30 percent drop in coal supplies to the state from central government-run coal mining entities. (IANS)
2011/11/14 17:36:31 Raipur, Nov 14 (IANS) Dozens of mini steel plants in mineral-rich Chhattisgarh Monday suspended production amid a raw material shortage and high power tariffs. The plant owners have sought the state's government's help to prevent closure.
"Up to 40 of the state's total 175 mini steel plants have suspended production," Chhattisgarh Mini Steel Plants Association president Ashok Surana told IANS.
"We have asked the government to urgently step in the matter otherwise all the mini steel plant units will get closed," he said.
The mini plants employ over 5,000 people and have a combined monthly output of 350,000 tonnes. These plants use sponge iron, heavy melting scrap and pig iron as raw materials for producing ingots and billets.
An official source says a delegation of the plant owners met Chief Minister Raman Singh Sunday and briefed him about the "grim situation".
He said Singh assured them that he would take up the raw material crisis issue with the steel ministry and will also talk to public sector National Mineral Development Corporation.
Regarding the power tariff, Singh said "he would take a final call soon about industrialists' demand for slashing power tariff after examining all aspects", the source said.
2011/9/7 14:55:34 n what could be attributed as a departure from earlier practises Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy gave an inkling into his visionary plans on Wednesday.
Buoyed by the steady rainfall this season, Mr Reddy exhorted officials to plan for the summer from this moment onwards. He made this suggestion when he interacted with senior officials from the Energy department during a review meeting on the power sector here today. He directed both Irrigation and Energy department to intensify operations and maximise hydro-power in the State. He was responding when told that the hydro-power generation had grown by leaps and bounds.
Mr Reddy wanted the officials to monitor the situation on a regular basis and keep the people posted about all aspects concerning power generation. The Chief Minister urged the officials to take up all precautionary measures so as to meet energy demands in summer. It may be noted that power and energy demands from the agricultural sector will be at the highest during the scorching period between March-May-end. The period also coincides with academic examinations. Mr Reddy sought to know about possible power-purchase tie-ups, which help tide over any critical situation during summer. (INN)
2011/10/3 14:36:36 Political Joint Action Committee Chairman Prof M Kodandaram on Monday took serious objection over Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy attributing power shortage in the State to employees' general strike.
Talking to media persons, Kodandaram alleged that the Chief Minister was making false statements on power situation in the state and linking the power shortage unnecessarily to the general strike. He said that the Chief Minister was doing so cover up his inefficiency and incapability in handling the situation. He challenged the Chief Minister for open discussion on power shortage prevailing in the state.
Kodandaram asked the Chief Minister to disclose how much power was purchased this year and last year to meet the consumers' needs. Though many private firms are generating power in the state, instead of buying power from them, the government has been encouraging them to sell them in other states, he stated. He asked why the government did not take alternative measures after the strike notice was served.
The JAC chairman asked the farmers in the State to grill the elected representatives if the government fails to redress their power problem. (INN)
2011/9/27 12:40:55 Telugu Desam Telangana Forum convener Errabelli Dayakar Rao on Tuesday demanded that the Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy release a comprehensive report on what forced the government to impose frequent power cuts in the Telangana region.
Talking to media persons at NTR Trust Bhavan, Errabelli warned the government of serious consequences if daily seven hour power supply was not restored to farmers without any interruption. "Before imposing power cuts for farmers, the Chief Minister has to impose power cuts to his house first," he said.
If the state government fails to release a comprehensive report on power situation, Errabelli threatened to picket Vidyut Soudha along with farmers and TDP activists. Stating that the general strike of Telangana employees has paralysed the administration in the State, he wondered about Chief Minister sending distorted reports to Centre on Telangana situation in the region.
The TDP leader also appealed to the Seemandhra employees to extend support to the on-going general strike of Telangana employees. He announced that the TDP would help those who were affected in the general strike and extend full financial support to them. (INN)
2011/10/4 9:00:50 To tide over the energy crisis, the state government is chanting the austerity mantra appealing to the general public to save power as there is a resource crunch added to the ongoing Sakala Janula Samme, the four hour power cut notwithstanding.
Households and commercial establishments are still coming to grips with the power cuts in the festival season and are virtually powerless on so many counts and there comes the teaser from the Energy Department asking the public to save power by switching from air conditioners to fans, from other high voltage gadgets to smaller elements as the Department was doing its best to handle the situation.
Use stairs instead of the lift was not mentioned by the department, thankfully and as the strike going into the second fortnight, Government must by now, by all means, learn the process of proper distribution of power.
The reasons given by the Department for constraints in supply of power to all categories of consumers is due to shortage of coal supplies to Thermal Power Plants following strike at Singareni Collieries since September 13 besides transportation problems, reduction of inflows into reservoirs and limitation in gas supplies.
The Government has given the nod for purchase of additional power of 980 MW to meet the demand in October, 2011, 330 MW from RLNG and 550 MW from other sources.
It went on a spree of PPA (Power Purchase Agreements) some years earlier and the babu log should by now explore the possibility of buying power from other sources as well. Some of the big business houses have captive power generation facilities and some of them have excess power as well which can be explored and negotiate for a comfortable price, given the situation.
The government went on the give the finer details of the loss it is incurring due the strike and the drop in production and the loss there on and pegged the figure at Rs 600 crore as additional spending for buying power to meet the demand.
Due to strike, the daily production of coal from Singareni Collieries has come down to 36,700 tonnes per day from 1.5 lakh tonnes per day, totalling loss of 17.2 Lakhs tonnes for the past 20 days. The State is spending around 600 crores towards additional purchase to meet the demand. It went on to give the drop in Hydel and the gap between the demand and supply of power.
In spite of all this the State boasts, power has been supplied to to agriculture sector to save kariff crop.
â€śKeeping the above factors in view, the Energy Department humbly request the consumers to co-operate with the power utilities to overcome the present situation. All the consumers are requested to save energy and adopt power saving measures,â€ť the department said. (INN)
Did the ‘T’ Cong. Leaders catch the bait thrown by KCR?
The Telangana Congress Ministers who resigned to their posts in a desperate situation, after having a cold treat from the party high command, returned home with black faces. They couldn’t digest the outcome of their sacrifices. They thought that, the party high command will kneel down before them upon knowing about their resignation letters as it happened earlier with Seemandhra leaders resignations. But, the high command is found sitting very cool and calm. While, their resignations didn’t make any impact on the party high command, on the other hand they have lost their Minister Posts for nothing. They neither can work in the Government as Ministers nor can they sit idle waiting for party high command to declare Telangana.
During the yesterday meeting held at Sudarshan Reddy’s house, many of them have 2nd thoughts over their resignation letters and its consequences. Some of them have opined that, they all fall in the trap cleverly laid by TRS president KCR.
Some of the Ministers have said that, they have resigned to their MLA Positions and not to their Minister Posts. So, they argue they can carry on their routine jobs in the Government as usually.
This reflects the exact mood of the Ministers. Even if, any of them wants to take-up their jobs again, TRS, TDP and BJP are there to tarnish their reputation. So, a grim situation is prevailing for the Telangana Congress leaders.
They were not even able to enjoy the patting from the Telangana people for their sacrifices, as did the TDP leaders are now enjoying with their ‘Bus Yatra’ through out Telangana region. Telangana TDP leaders, who start Bus Yatra in Telangana region, are enjoying a heroic welcome from the people all over. The ‘T’ Congress leaders believe that, it’s nothing but virtually grabbing the lime light of their sacrifices.
Whether, the TDP MLAs hangs to their MLA posts or not, it makes no big difference for them, because they were sitting in opposition benches. But, it certainly makes a big difference for the Telangana Congress MLAs, especially to Ministers who were enjoying the ‘power’ in ruling Congress Government. But, all those privileges of being part of the Government have been wiped off with their resignation letters.
Hence, the ‘T’ Congress MLAs, especially Ministers are not in a mood to share their somber feelings with anyone. All they can do now is sit together and search for a way out from this tragic situation. Hope soon they will find some vent.
Situation for different parties: Congress: Dilemma mode TDP: No Loss, No Gains BJP: No Loss, No Gains TRS: Successful
2011/10/4 14:15:09 Senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader Bandaru Dattatreyya on Tuesday demanded that the state government release a white paper on the current power situation in the state.
Talking to media persons at party office in Nampally, Dattatreyya condemned the state government for its failure to supply adequate power to farmers. He demanded that the state government release all details of both hydel and thermal power generation, purchases from outside the state and the statistics related to demand and supply gap.
Dattatreyya asked as to why the state government did not initiate steps to tide over the power crisis although the employees from the department served strike notice in advance. He challenged Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy for a public debate on the power situation in the state.
Responding to a query about stoning of buses allegedly by Telangana activists in Nalgonda district, he said that his party would not support violence at any cost. He appealed to all Telangana activists to continue the agitation in a peaceful manner.
He took serious objection over Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singhâ€™s lukewarm response on Telangana state when the leaders approached him seeking an early decision on issue. As a responsible Prime minister, he should handle the Telangana issue in more responsive manner, he stated. (INN)
2011/10/4 12:32:02 Following Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy's request to Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh to come to the rescue of Andhra Pradesh facing severe power shortage, and as per the Prime Minister's directions, Eastern Grid will be providing 800 mw power from 11 pm to 6 am and Haryana Government will be providing 200 mw round the clock from Jhajjar power plant.
The Chief Minister thanked the Prime Minister and also the Eastern Power Grid and Haryana Government for the gesture in providing power to the State at a very critical phase. The Chief Minister directed the officials of the Energy Department to take immediate action accordingly.
It may be recalled here that the Chief Minister spoke to the Principal Secretary to Prime Minister Pulok Chatterjee over telephone on Monday night and also the Prime Minister earlier and sought additional power particularly to save the standing crops. The Chief Minister explained to the Prime Minister the precarious situation in the NTPC and other thermal power plants in Andhra Pradesh due to coal shortage because of the ongoing strike in Singareni Collieries. The Chief Minister explained that the State Government is striving every nerve to generate as much power as possible from the hydro power projects, gas-based units, non-conventional energy sources, purchases from outside and procuring power from other grids.
The Chief Minister also explained that Agricultural sector in Andhra Pradesh is passing through a crucial phase and if power supply at the present level is not ensured there is danger of the standing crop getting damaged. The State Government is trying out all permutations and combinations to see that while the standing crop is saved, common people are also not put to any difficulties by ensuring present level of power supply to agriculture sector and power supply to domestic sector from 6 pm to 6 am without any trippings.
The Chief Minister also requested the Ministry of Power, Government of India for allocation of additional 500 MW unallocated from Central Generation Stations (CGS) to Andhra Pradesh. Government of India have allocated 185 MW additional power so far. Ministry of Power, Government of India was requested to allocate additional 300 MW from Central Generating Stations of Southern Region.
The Chief Minister informed that NTPC Ramagundam is generating only 1400 MW out of 2600 MW. Similarly, NTPC Simhadri is generating 1300 MW against 1500 MW. NTPC of Ramagundam and Simhadri should generate to full capacity by getting coal from other coal companies other than Singareni. Government of Andhra Pradesh have requested for diversion of 1.3 MMSCMD of gas of GMR Vemagiri which is under shut down since 17.9.2011 to other gas-based projects in Andhra Pradesh so as to generate additional 350 MW. Empowered Group of Ministers (EGoM) meeting has to be convened by Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas, Government of India for diversion of above gas. The Chief Minister also requested the Ministry of Coal to allocate additional 2 lakh tonnes from Western Coal Fields to APGenco. (INN)
2011/9/17 14:50:46 Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy on Saturday reviewed the strike situation with the Group of Ministers and senior officials. He instructed the officials to minimise hardship to the Public, particularly the poor in the wake of strike in the Telangana region.
Deputy Chief Minister Damodara Rajanarasimha, Revenue Minister N Raghuveera Reddy, Chief Secretary SV Prasad and other senior officials attended the meeting.
In view of the proposed APSRTC employees strike, the Chief Minister has directed the officials to make alternative arrangements. He has also directed that the power supply be maintained with least disturbance. He also asked the officials to maximise the efforts to import coal, purchase power to meet the shortages.
Kiran Kumar Reddy has directed for close monitoring of power supply and to minimise the power cuts. The officials informed him that there has been a slow improvement in the attendance of employees at Singareni Collieries coal mines.
The Chief Minister has appealed to all the employees and the employees' associations to end the strike to ensure the implementation of welfare schemes and developmental programmes. (INN)
2011/10/1 14:40:23 The State Government has decided to open control rooms in AP Genco office and made Joint Collectors as Nodal officers in nine Telangana districts to monitor and report energy-related issues.
This decision was taken in a review meeting by the Chief Secretary Pankaj Dwivedi with senior officials to ensure that the standing crops are least affected due to any power interruptions. The Chief Secretary had a a detailed discussion and review of the latest situation in Telangana with the task force officials on Power Supply, Transport, Essential Commodities, Medical and Health and senior officers of other departments concerned including GHMC.
Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy has directed the Chief Secretary to see that all the essential services are maintained so that the common people are least affected. The officials explained to the Chief Secretary that all emergency services are being maintained and there are minimal disturbances to the supply of essential commodities.
The Chief Secretary asked the officials to see that power generation and supplies are coordinated so that 7 hours free agricultural power supply at any cost is maintained. He also directed the officials of the Civil Supplies Department to ensure timely availability of essential commodities particularly in view of the forthcoming festivals.
The Chief Secretary also reviewed the latest situation arising out of the ongoing agitation in Telangana and asked the officials to initiate all necessary measures to ensure proper security and safety of the life and property of the people. The Chief Secretary asked the Transport Department to see that maximum possible private vehicles ply on the roads so that the common people can reach their destinations.
Officials explained to the Chief Secretary the latest power generation and supply position and also strike situation at Singareni and other sectors. (INN)
A massive earth quake followed by Tsunami struck Japan on Friday measuring 8.8 on Rector Scale. Including Japan capital Tokyo, many cities across the country were badly affected by the earth quake and Tsunami. Several air ports in the country were closed down as many of them were submerged under gushing sea waters. Power, Communication, Train services were badly affected with this multiple disasters. Japan has closed down all its 5 Nuclear power plants and its power plants to avoid further disaster. Although, there was no reports about the loss of human lives, lakhs of people become homeless with in minutes of the disaster. Japan is looking for international aid to overcome its critical situation.
Philippines, Russia, Indonesia, Taiwan, Australia, Mexico, chili, New Zealand and some other countries were alerted of possible Tsunami attack. However, Centre has declared that there is no threat for India.
2011/10/10 13:54:05 Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy asked the AP Transco to ensure that standing crop is not allowed to wither away under any circumstances and they should see that free quality power is supplied to the farmers in all districts.
"There should be no complaints from any farmers that crop dried due to shortage of power", the Chief Minister categorically told the Discom officials while holding a review meeting on the latest situation arising out of the general strike at the State Secretariat here on Monday. "We are doing everything at our command to see that the standing crops are saved in spite of power generation constraints. Hence it should be our earnest endeavour to see that not a single crop is affected for want of power", he said.
Energy Sector officials informed the Chief Minister that power position continued to be stable at the present level and while the demand yesterday was 260.62 million units per day, the supply was 230.86 million units per day thus the gap being below 30 mu per day. Load relief in different sectors continue to be the same. Power purchase from outside was 18.82 mu and overdrawal from Central grid is 0.01 mu per day. Generation from gas stations has increased by around 320 mw from October 5 by running the IPPs with RLNG. Government of India allotted 185 mw power to Andhra Pradesh from the unallocated portion of Central Generating stations.
Officials said Government of India allocated 231.17 mw of firm power from Indira Gandhi STPS on round the clock basis. Power grid enhanced corridor availability of Talcher-Kolar transmission system by 500 mw for 10 hours daily.
Officials reported that there was record production in the Singareni Collieries since the strike began and the total production was 63,634 tonnes. Transport officials informed that 1050 contract buses were plying while RTC could operate about 850 buses in the city. Education department officials informed that schools were reopened today and some of the private schools were functioning and more schools are likely to function in the coming days. The Chief Minister said that teachers should be advised to resume duty immediately.
The Civil Supplies officials informed that stocks are being positioned for the Re.1-a-kg rice scheme to be started on 1st November, 2011. Agriculture Department officials informed that crop cutting (for crop insurance) is going on. Health officials informed that doctors and paramedical staff are attending to their duties and preventive measures are being taken on dengue and other seasonal diseases. The Chief Minister also asked the excise department to ask their employees who are on strike to join duty immediately.
Deputy Chief Minister Damodar Rajanarasimha, Ministers Mukesh Goud and D Nagender, Chief Secretary Pankaj Dwivedi and other senior officials attended the meeting. (INN)
Though aiming to break through into the international arena in a big way Bollywood still seems to be lagging behind in terms of representation at prestigious film festivals and more importantly in generating interest, faith and confidence in foreign units to come and shoot in India.
A major spokesperson of the Hindi film industry who attended the Cannes film festival had a rather grim picture to portray of the scenario down there. "The Indian press was very badly organized and they were often seen trying to push without the necessary permission into various events organized for the international press. In fact, Indian media persons had a tough time getting into Preity Zintta's event for Chopard."
Worse was the buzz at Cannes about the treatment meted out to various film units from abroad who desire to shoot in India. Says the Bollywood spokesperson, "The treatment meted out to the first unit of Deepa Mehta's Water and now to Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt during the shooting of A Mighty Heart in Pune has left other foreign units’ desire of shooting in India completely cold. Now, some filmmakers who were planning to shoot in India have decided against it. There's just too much red-tape and bureaucratic bungling and moral policing."
The buzz is that Mira Nair is planning to shift the location of her Mumbai-centric plot in her Amitabh Bachchan-Johnny Depp starrer Shantaram to another location outside India. Though Mira completely denies any change of plan, the feeling that India doesn't have 'A Mighty Heart' for film units from outside India, is growing.
2011/9/28 15:36:21 Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy has instructed the officials of Civil Supplies department to ensure timely availability of sufficient stocks of subsidy rice, essential commodities and its proper distribution in view of ensuing festivals.
The Chief Minister has also requested the Government of India to provide additional power from the unallocated quota of 315 MW. At present, the Central Government is already providing 185 MW from this quota. Supply of additional coal was also requested by the Chief Minister. He has also asked the AP Transco Officials to explore the utilisation of RNLG gas even at the higher cost.
The Chief Minister has reviewed the Strike situation with the Group of Ministers and senior officials on Wednesday evening at camp office and reiterated to ensure proper security and safety of the public and properties particularly the employees who are attending duties. Roads and Buildings Minister Dharmana Prasada Rao, Revenue Minister N Raghuveera Reddy, Municipal Minister M Maheedhara Reddy, Labour Minister Danam Nagender, Chief Secretary SV Prasad and other senior officials attended the meeting.
The officials informed that movement of private vehicles like buses, vans, cabs, jeeps, seven seater autos for the transport of passengers improved lot. APSRTC operated 450 buses in twin cities, 25 buses in Khammam and the Falaknuma depot in old city functioned normally and they hoped that situation will be improved tomorrow.
The Officials informed that 234 million units of power supplied against the demand of 267 million units. The coal production was improved to 50,000 Metric Tonnes. 33 rakes of Coal from Western Coal fields reached the State today. Kerala rescheduled power from 100 to 250 MW. 365 MW power is being procured from 26th of this month till 30th and 100 MW from 1st & 2nd Oct. 200 MW from Haryana, 335 MW from Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan till 30th on swap basis. Around 94 MW additional purchase is being made from intra-state generators.
The State Government has requested the Ministry of Power to advise PGCIL to enhance the corridor availability on Round the Clock basis to enable Andhra Pradesh Discoms to procure additional quantity of power from outside southern region.
Emergency services like sanitation, garbage lifting water supply in GHMC area, Municipal areas and Panchayats are as usual
Doctors in Gandhi, Osmania, Warangal MGM, and PHCs, Dist hospitals in Telangana area attending emergency and out-patients services. Few hundreds of in patients were treated in Gandhi, Osmania and MGM, Warangal hospitals. But due the agitation by the doctors, the flow of in-patients reduced drastically. (INN)
The power cut is not restricted to ordinary people but to political parties as well. The NTR Trust Bhavan is now in darkness due to power cut. The party chief NTR conducted the Gandhi Jayanthi celebrations in the darkness!
People in Karnataka, including tech hub Bangalore, are in for frequent power disruptions as the agitation for a separate Telangana in neighbouring Andhra Pradesh has hit power production, Energy Minister Shobha Karandlaje indicated Monday.
"We may also have to resort to load shedding (power cuts) both in urban and rural areas (if the agitation prolongs)," she told reporters here.
The agitation for separate statehood for Telangana has disrupted coal supply to thermal power plants in Raichur and Bellary in north Karnataka, Karandlaje said.
The stir has also hit power supply to the state from central grid. The state used to get 1,200 MW daily from central grid but the amount has now come down to 900 MW, she said.
The combined effect has resulted in a shortfall of 1,500 MW of power per day for the state, Karandlaje said.
The huge shortfall meant frequent power disruption in many areas in Bangalore and other parts of the state since Monday morning.
Karandlaje said state was planning to buy power from Oct 1 from power-surplus states to tide over the crisis.
The power consumers will have to face another round of unscheduled power-cuts due to further shortage of supply.
As against the demand of 259 million units (MU) on Friday, the supply affected was 249 MU, resulting in a deficit of 10 MU. Following the deficit, the consumers in Hyderabad may experience erratic supply of power from 6 pm to 6 am from Saturday onwards in addition to the existing scheduled two hour power-cuts.
According to officials, Kerala State has backed out to effect supply of 300 MW power and Ramagundam Thermal Power Station suffered a fall of 600 MW.
It is learnt that a total of 900 MW electricity is being purchased to keep the life rolling. Similarly, one lakh metric tonnes of coal supply is coming from Mahanadi and Western Coal fields. The supply from power grid (0.8 MU), Madhya Pradesh, Haryana and Rajasthan (9.1 MU) has been effected. In spite of all these arrangements the government could not match the demand and supply gap and was therefore, forced to impose periodical blackouts.
The State Government has also reduced the supply of power to farmers from seven to six hours due to shortage. (INN)
2011/8/14 16:52:05 Greeting Indians the world over on the eve of the Independence Day, Lok Satta Party President Dr. Jayaprakash Narayan said India has ensured freedom and peaceful transition of power, and stable economic growth after 20 years of economic reforms.
In a message, Lok Satta party President said Indians can full fill its destiny by 2022, the 75th year of Independence, if the society and polity display the requisite will and skill to bring about accountability in governance, ensure participation of citizens in exercise of power, and create growth opportunities to all.
Dr. JP pointed out that lack of accountability in governance and polity is one of our conspicuous failings. The recent yearnings for a strong, independent Lokpal / Lokayukta mechanism are borne out of ordinary citizens’ despair over lack of accountability. The second failing is exercise of power by a privileged few. The need of the hour is dispersal of power both horizontally and vertically. People should have control over their destiny. The third failing is denial of growth opportunities every child. The opportunities are now open only to those with the privileges of birth and wealth. The nation can endure only when all its citizens are freed from bondage of oppression and poverty.
Dr. JP said we should put an end to evils like political dynasty, monumental corruption, centralization of power, neglect of agriculture and the attitude of might is right .He appealed to all Indians to transcend narrow barriers of caste and religion, region and language and recognize that all of us are Indians first. (INN)
2011/7/27 17:54:51 Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation Commissioner MT Krishna Babu on Wednesday visited the RDF Power Project site which is proposed to commence its operations by the end of October, 2011.
The GHMC Commissioner’s visit came about on the request of RDF Power Projects Ltd. The company is working power project which would use 700 MT of Municipal Solid Waste per day of GHMC and produce 11 MW of Power.
The plant to produce 11 MW power is being constructed near Chinnarevulapally, Bibinagar, Nalgonda District. This is at a distance of 44.5 KM from Hyderabad.
GHMC Additional Commissioner (Health and Sanitation) Aleem Basha and Solid Waste Management Executive Engineer D Sudhakar accompanied the Commissioner during the visit.(INN)
2011/7/15 13:26:07 The power loom weavers from Siricilla urged the State Government to immediately cancel the GO 932 which was issued on July 8, to collect Value Added Tax at 4 percent on their production failing which the workers have decided to observe a ‘bandh’ to protest against the said GO.
The said VAT would render them helpless and throw their dependents on the roads if it was not revoked as they were finding it difficult to currently continue their profession.
“As it is the yarn was not available and fluctuations in its rates further aggravate the situation. If the VAT is not scrapped their production will come to a halt and it may further trigger ‘suicides’ which were controlled in the recent past to some extent,” the power loom weavers stated.
After meeting the Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy on Friday, Telangana Rashtra Samiti MLA K T Ramarao , who represented Sircilla Yarn Cloth Manufacturers’ Association, told newsmen that he could not elicit any assurance from the Chief Minister on VAT cancellation. However, the Chief Minister is understood to have suggested some other alternative mechanism to help the power loom workers.
K T Rama Rao said that Sircilla workers were facing stiff competition from Maharashtra, Gujarat and Tamil Nadu as a result the home products were being ignored in the market. Other states were providing subsidy while Andhra Pradesh Government was not doing so and further the VAT collection was dislocating their business.
There was a danger that ‘suicides’ will return if the government did not do justice to the power loom workers. It was also made clear that after agriculture, workers opted for weaving as it was a cottage industry.(INN)