Power outcry

January 27, 2017 0 Comments EDITORIAL 333 Views
Power outcry

The Jammu and Kashmir Government remains in slumber when it comes to the peoples problems. The uproar in State Legislative Assembly over the power shortage in Kashmir has not been confined to the House, as similar outcries have been heard in the region for last several months. The crisis has become acute as more and more areas are witnessing the dearth at a time when it is needed most. At present, in north India cold wave has put normal life at a freeze with average daily temperature dropping to zero and below zero, besides making weather foggy and at some places resulting in snow fall. As cold wave refuses to let go its grip on the region and with snow falling now and then in Kashmir, the need for electricity has become vital. Weather vagaries have not only disrupted flights and vehicular movement on roads, but also affected the normal life of people in Kashmir who have been battling the sub-zero weather conditions. Before the issue and therefore responsibility trickles down to Power Development Department, it is the general administration that is on the wrong foot. It is the duty of the administration officials, particularly those at the district level, to find out if all is well in their areas. However, when people register complaints against any issue they follow the reverse hierarchy, by approaching the subordinates, in this case the department officials that can be easily reached. In the case of electricity crisis, it has been generally found that the subordinates have little to do with the power shortage in Kashmir. Nonetheless it does not exonerate the department officials, but the real escalation of this persistent problem could have been done by higher officials of state administration, which has not happened in last many months. The administration has been found basking in its vowed complacency while the department keeps fudging the responsibilities. Power shortage as a problem should have been escalated by officials of state administration, who then could have exerted pressure on the said department to plug all loopholes. People in several districts have been protesting on non-availability of transformers and no repairing having been done to the damaged transformers. The protests have been dying down with no to little result. Now the protests have reached the Legislative Assembly, the government better has the right answers.

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