I was excellent as power minister, insists Sushilkumar Shinde

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    NEW DELHI: "Excellent." That was Sushilkumar Shinde's evaluation of his stint as power minister a day after India suffered the world's biggest blackout, in terms of the number of people affected, under his watch.

    Asked by a TV channel how he would rate his performance at the power ministry, Shinde, who assumed charge as home minister on Wednesday, said, " Excellent. Tell me how many villages had been electrified before 2005? We have electrified 1.86 lakh villages since then."

    Asked about the grid failure on Monday and Tuesday, an unfazed Shinde said it was appreciable that power supply was resumed within two hours of the collapse of the northern, eastern and northeastern grids. " We got electricity in a matter of hours... people should appreciate how work is done at the grid," he told reporters at his residence. " In 2003, the same situation arose in North America, and at that time for four days continuously, America was not having (sic) power."

    He said he had submitted a report on the crisis to the Prime Minister's Office (PMO). " I have briefed PMO...in the USA light (electricity) does not come for four days, here we got it (restored) in a matter of hours," he said.

    Shinde blamed " overloading" by states for the network's collapse but his successor Veerappa Moily contradicted him on his first day in office. " We don't want to be in the blame game," Moily said at a press conference.

    On Monday, all of north India went without power after the northern grid tripped at 2.35 in the morning. Power supply was restored after some 10 hours. On Tuesday, an even bigger outage hit 19 states and two Union territories when the northern, eastern and northeastern grids went on the blink. An estimated 684 million people, or a tenth of the world's population, were left powerless for up to eight hours.

    I was excellent as power minister, insists Sushilkumar Shinde - The Times of India
     
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    Ray The Chairman Defence Professionals Moderator

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    I am sure he was a great minister.

    However, it was too dark to see him and realise his greatness!
     
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    When he was Power minister, India got big darkness due to failure of powergrid.Now he became home minister and we saw bomb blasts in pune. I won't be surprised if he becomes Prime minister tomorrow.....:rolleyes:
     
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    There will be no change and no good news for country ... Rahenge to caploose (camche ) sonia ke...:mad:
     
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    I am sure Shinde was an excellent Minister.

    He did what even Jyoti Basu could not do with his famed load sheddings.

    Shinde plunged 22 States into darkness.

    Good show, Shindya porga!
     
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    The standards of governance has fallen so low, i am sure he did an "excellent" job!
     
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    I agree. He did d a good job as power minister. The problem is that his ministry is largely dependent on coal, and the coal ministry is dependent on environment ministry. We could have enough power if our power plants would be running on full capacity. But the environment ministry is very strict and does not allow excessive mining.
     
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    Yes that is true.

    But as a Minister should he not have done something to ensure coordination with other ministry so that he could ensure that the end result is something his Ministry could be proud about?

    It is no idea of blaming others and saying you are the best!

    Jairam Ramesh is an albatross around the neck, but then does it mean one will not move Heaven and Earth to ensure the efficiency of his Ministry?

    Has Shindya ever complained?

    Jairam Ramesh does!
     
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    If indeed there is governance.

    This blackout shows there is none since there is no coordination and no national vision toward efficiency and progress!

    Floundering around like jetsam and flotsam!
     
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    What reforms did Shinde bring ?
    What targets did Shinde meet ?

    Electricity rates in India are more than some developed countries. What a bunch of nonsense.
     
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    i wish him good luck

    my suggestion, try to prevent terrorists attacks by preventing terrorists from coming in, speak to manmohan and reverse the pakistani FDI proposal.

    Since most attacks are carried out by pakistanis, ban pakistanis and pakistani origin people from visiting india.
     
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    I was listening to a debate on NDTV and it seems he is worst power minister. After 2003 reforms in power sector there are virtually no reforms to talk about in this sector. No wonder we are floundering on this aspect. No power to industry and no power to farmers. Power cuts have become a way of life.
     
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    Shabaash Shinde!

    Lessons from Indian Democracy - Collapse the grid - become Home Minister; collapse the Economy - become President

    (From a Facebook Wall Post)

    When the Northern Grid collapsed on Monday, Power Minister SushilShinde promptly blamed the States for over drawing. His next bright idea was to appoint a three-member enquiry, with just 15 days to report back.

    But come Tuesday, Mssrs AS Bakshi, Chairman Central Electricity Authority (CEA), AM Nayak, Chairman PowerGrid, and SK Soonee, Chairman, Power Systems Operating Company (the company spearheads transmission activities in the Northern Grid) will be handing over their pearls to a brand new minister,VeerappaMoily! Shinde, who started his remarkable career as sub-inspector of police, stands rewarded with a promotion as the country’s Home Minister.

    Can one fault the Prime Minister for lacking in humour, anymore? Imagine rewarding your Power Minister on the day his Eastern and Northern Grid collapsed, and as The Wall Street Journal helpfully pointed to the world, 600 million lives, the size of the European Union, came to a grinding halt.

    Will the enquiry team, with Shinde off their back, critique his strategic blunder of allowing cheap Chinese imports to flood our transmission sector? They might want to call for deposition,” SK Chaturvedi, (then) PowerGrid Chairman. The man forewarned the press on May 26, 2010: “…Chinese companies were dumping their equipment, be it transformers or reactors, here. In the absence of an after-sales service infrastructure, it is very risky. Our requirement is so huge. While their rates are very cheap, there is a quality concern.”

    With his eye on locked on short-term ramp up, the new Home Minister allowed a situation wherein between 2012 to 2017, India will construct 76,000 MW of installed power, with 60 per centof the equipment coming from Chinese manufacturers. This has made us the largest overseas market of Beijing’s power companies. 12 of our power station construction projects will account for half of Chinese exports of electrical equipment. This will do ugly things to the balance of $60-billion worth of trade.

    Remember, India’s sell out to China wasn’t because Shinde alone had a deal going with Beijing. A domestic grouping of heavy weights (Reliance?) had his backing to sneak in crappy equipment that Chinese banks were subsidizing in defiance of World Trade Organization commitments, and without requisite after-service or spares. As the line minister, it was for Shinde to raise the alarm bells on how such masses of equipment will be supported, if one day the People’s Land Army decided to get on with their unfinished business of 1962.

    With no alarm being raised on the technical side (this includes the CEA, which reports to the Power Minister), the security establishment allowed its pro-market protagonists to prevail. No less than the National Security Advisor (NSA) Shiv Shankar Menon took the view that huge imports of power (including telecom equipment) from China are good, because they shall create “interdependence.”

    Menon also pointed to “interdependence” between US Inc and the Chinese, hoping that the template is valid for Sino-India business. The crucial difference he forgot, or chose to, is that unlike the US, there’s a land border between India and China; in fact, the last one that Beijing hasn’t settled. The way things are, the Chinese leadership would do everything to box us within Asia, if possible, South Asia alone. Would China’s State-owned companies and those living off their banks blink twice before cutting India’s supplies? [They won’t do this to Washington because “interdependence” extends to China’s investment in US T-Bills of over $3 billion.]

    The other and most crucial blunder Shinde made was the inability to enforce a domestic manufacturing condition. This ensured two things. First, local manufacturers like BHEL and L&T were left uncompetitive by 15-20 per cent. Plus, the Indian partner profited merely from being a trader and a fixer for Chinese power. She didn’t need to get into the mess of manufacturing at home. In fact, those who did, do their manufacturing in China!

    Akin to bolting the barn when the dragon is in our drawing room, Shinde’s babus just a week back slapped 21 per cent duty on imports of power equipment, mainly to protect domestic companies from cheap (and crappy!) Chinese shipments. This means 5 per cent basic customs duty, 12 per cent counter-veiling duty and 4 per cent special additional duty on import of power gear. This ensures that our man leaves Shram Shakti Bhawan with a clear conscience, but a bit of a mess!



    (The columnist is CEO & Co-Founder, India Strategy Group, Hammurabi & Solomon Consulting. Tweets @ the rohitbansal).
     
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    Who said you are excellent :taunt:
     
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    I was also listening to the debate, there was a Professor from Mumbai who is an expert, and he blasted Shinde from both the barrels. He claimed that Shinde was the worst Power Minister the country had ever had ( not that in 65 years we have had much to crow about the quality of our leaders).
     

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