This refers to the report "Delhi power crisis gets worse, CM says licences could be cancelled" (FE, February 1). The Kejriwal-led government should understand that cancelling licences is not a solution. As pointed out in your editorial, "Delhi's power crisis" (February 1), Delhi's crisis has started spreading to other states. If the crisis of shortage of pwoer and massive outsanding payment to discoms is not solved in the right manner, the entire sector could collapse. There should be a mechanism to make the tariff match the cost (without any prejudice). States have to do their best to attain self-sufficiency or at least improve their position by resorting to increased power production by from non-conventional sources like solar, wind, etc. Finding the right solution will only give credit to the Delhi (and other) government rather than resorting to populist means.
Subsidies are bad economics
Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi suggested at the AICC session that the people of the country want 12 subsidised gas cylinders a year (Pradhan mantriji, desh ki janata ko chahiye barah gas cylinder). Ever dutiful, Petroleum Minister Veerappa Moily and the Cabinet complied. Raising the subsidised LPG cylinder cap from 9 to 12 is bad economics and bad as well as immoral politics. Moily himself had earlier justified the 9 cylinder cap claiming that it covered 90% of the consumers. The remaining 10% of LPG consumers don’t make what Rahul Gandhi called “desh ki janata”. It is part of the Congress’ strategy of building Rahul Gandhi’s image in the faint hope of improving the party’s grim prospects in the coming general elections, all at taxpayer’s cost. It is immoral politics of the Congress to add further a subsidy burden of Rs 5,000 crore to the country’s economy when the new government at the Centre, after the general election, is expected to be a non-UPA one. Putting the economy derailed by the UPA government back on track will be its monumental task.
Look out for bad loans
Apropos of your edit “A stitch in time” (FE, February 1), the public sector banks have to develop appraisal skills to quickly identify NPAs. Nevertheless, centralised reporting and information-sharing regarding NPAs, especially of large accounts, should be implemented immediately. Indeed, PSU banks hold a bigger chunk of NPAs, compared to private banks. PSBs could form a loan syndicate to which requests for large loans will be referred right at