With reference to the timely edit “Electricity conundrum” (FE, June 9), it’s ironical that the power minister Piyush Goyal has been claiming the availability of power at reasonable rates despite the fact the same has to include capital charges. But one really wonders that if it is really so. How would he explain the prevalence of such a deplorable situation if cheap power is available just for asking at various power exchanges across the country? Reasonably speaking, it is really hard to believe the claims of the Central Electricity Authority (CEA) that India would be power surplus in FY17. However, the silver lining is the improved coal situation—local production, which is far cheaper than imports, was 536 million tonnes in FY16. The collapse of industrial demand is a bigger factor where a big mismatch between demand and supply creation is being observed. It goes without saying that the crucial problem of the electricity conundrum is far from over as yet as the nation seems to be largely groping in the dark. It would thus be naive to assume that the government’s Deendayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana and Integrated Power Development Scheme would be able to see the light of the day soon.
Right to censor
As for the controversy surrounding the movie “Udta Punjab”, a censor board is much needed to safeguard increasing vulgarity in our society. There are guidelines for it to pass or cut the movie as and when needed. Aggrieved person has a right to seek legal course, but in no case should she take up the issue with media or criticise the cuts. The freedom of speech or creativity should not be confused with a person’s rights of decency. The truth must be shown but within limits and in a decent manner. There are better ways of presentation without hurting sentiments defaming any person or state etc. Bollywood stars have joined in criticising the board, but they should too consider it in broader perspective and understand the cuts suggested. Censoring is much needed for the welfare of people and to maintain public morality. It is a fact that a good number of our audience is not yet mature enough to not be affected by Bollywood movies. The worst outcome is politicians self-interests in this matter. They are never concerned for public at large and always try to exploit every tiny matter.