The political party which has no sound policies cash in on populist measures to gain power. If such a political party somehow manages to register its presence in corridors of power, it proves to be an ominous sign for the growth of democracy. Uttar Pradesh is facing similar crisis in the regime of Samajwadi Party. Right from series of communal riots in various parts of states to administrative failures in various major cities the state has been held hostage to dangerous elements masquerading in various forms. The Samajwadi Party wooed young voters by promising laptops and nobody questioned the utility of launching such scheme at cost of taxpayers’ hard earned money. Look at the irony involved that state is reeling under worse power crisis. It appears laptops provided by this government get recharged by darkness! The same money spent on laptops, tablets and etc. could have been diverted to improve the infrastructure involved in production of power. It’s no secret that most power houses operating in state are operating with help of worn out machinery. However, you can’t expect such measures from a government run by unethical minds.
Allahabad, most important city after Lucknow, which is on paper getting 21 hours power supply, is facing huge power crisis. Let’s take into cognizance working of one of the power substations operating in Allahabad, which is home of eminent intellectuals, bureaucrats, writers, poets, judges and journalists. One example is suffice to have idea of how the system is operating under this government’s rule. Kareli power house, an important substation, which supplies power to Kareli and other adjoining areas like Bhavapur, is in total disarray because of its incompetent officials and poor management. It’s now very clear that may be in Mayawati’s regime there were huge scams at ministerial level, the bureaucratic machinery still remained under awe of strict punishment in case of non performance of duty. Under this regime absence of such threat of getting punishment has led to lawlessness and haughtiness on part of officials.
The Kareli substation under Maywati’s regime was one of the best substations operating in the city having a smooth supply in both Hindu and Muslim colonies, even in peak hours during some important festivals like Dussehara or Eid. A telephone was always there to register the complaint of aggrieved consumers and the fault was dealt with in a conscious time bound manner. The same substation is now working in most shabby manner. The employees stationed here are rude while dealing with consumers besides being incompetent. They are not bothered as to how to ensure smooth power supply. Many linemen/technicians on condition of anonymity stated that there is nobody to check huge power theft in this area. As a result of this power theft as many as 20 transformers have blasted in one single month. The staff operating at power houses often gets beaten at the hands of angry public. Prima facie one always blames citizens for such display of violence and angry reactions but if we delve deeper into the cause of mob violence one would realize that ordinary citizens are not that guilty.
For instance at Kareli substation during some critical faults there is no one present to register the complaints of consumers. There is also no telephone, and thus, one living at a distance has to travel many kilometers to reach this substation. Imagine the state of the mind of such consumer if he/she finds that gates are locked from outside during working hours! If the same consumer tries to contact with higher officials over telephone, the officers at the other end don’t give much importance to his/her problems. So what options do power house officials leave for aggrieved consumers other than to react violently? Bhavapur area which is major Hindu colony having distinguished citizens faced 18 hours power failure for two consecutive days which included Dussehara day. Can one imagine the level of collective anger of such residents?
Most of the areas, falling under this substation, for past one and half months are facing huge power cuts. Earlier it was informed that feeders were being changed along with replacement of incoming panel. The residents of this area kept quiet but people lost their cool when even after removal of major faults the areas like Bhavapur, Nihalpur and etc. remained dark for more than 10 or 12 hours at a stretch while the adjoining Muslim areas like Akbarpur remained above such power cuts! The whole Navaratri celebrations along with tableau exhibition was marred by absolute darkness. In fact, this substation is working in a dangerous way too. That’s because no employee of higher rank is placed at this substation. As a result of that staff which is comprised of linemen and few technicians are either missing in night schedule or if that’s not the case they are involved in drinking of beer. Just few weeks ago, a lineman involved in repairing work at Kareli substation in inebriated state suffered serious injuries.
This government has failed to realize that citizens are not impressed by populist measures. To win their hearts the government needs to improve the functioning of public administration. What prevented it to improve the quality of services provided by government bodies? Instead of doing that it’s engaged in divisive policies, which involve huge wastage of taxpayer’s money. It’s time for the electorate to realize that during voting it’s better to have in their view right aspects instead of being swayed by flawed populists measures of parties devoid of vision and sound principles.
The grids failed again in India, leading to total chaos in most of the Indian states.The way they have collapsed twice in past two days, it appears they have turned into a worn out transformer, used to sudden breakdown. Is that’s the way to ensure emergency services in this nation, eager to emerge as economic superpower? Imagine the colossal loss which the country suffers in wake of such grid failures. In fact, they give rise to serious tragedies like miners getting trapped.
The common people used to sufferings come to suffer more. The rail passengers get stranded facing most inhuman conditions besides railways suffering huge financial loss. Industrial production suffers a major setback. However, it’s the patients in emergency wards who suffer the most. As per one news report, the sudden grid failure caused many deaths in various emergency wards of government hospitals. Will the government be able bring them back in this world? Well, leaders, whether they ride bicycle or elephant, stop thinking for the welfare of people once they come into power. Inside their air conditioned chambers, the sorrows of common man just don’t exist.
The problem is that leaders and bureaucrats are more interested in setting new records of corruption instead of thinking about the welfare of people in organized way. They are totally unconcerned about the cause of electorates/citizens who secure them a place in corridors of power. The way they react in any critical situation is pathetic. There is usual blame game followed by suspension or transfer of involved officials. Afterwards-thanks to poor public memory-the case becomes a forgotten episode. Some scapegoats are created to avoid serious backlash on part of citizens. So a railway gangman or signalman gets suspended, after any serious train accident, followed by order for inquiry. Thus, the matter attains perfect justice in the eyes of officials.
The schemes get introduced but the years simply passed by and the schemes get delayed. Have one really noticed the condition of power generation plants operating in Uttar Pradesh? Most of them are in dilapidated state and still we talk about ensuring a smooth balance between supply and demand! No wonder “gross grid indiscipline” has hit most states instead of introduction of better policies for power generation, better policies to remove “structural problems” bothering supply and pricing. Worse, the populist measures to have votes lead to additional problems.
Anyway, proper management in the power sector can remove most of the problems like power theft. It can ensure better distribution of power besides taking all steps to have state-of-the-art power generation centers. Lastly, the people who are used to waste electricity need to be taught a lesson. So why not bureaucrats and leaders stop having air conditioners in all the rooms of their houses/offices so that ordinary citizens can think of saving energy in their own way?