The newly-appointed Power Minister Veerappa Moily today refrained from blaming states for over-
drawing electricity that may have led to the collapse of the three grids yesterday and said he will focus on combating the many troubles that are facing the sector.
Moily, who took charge of the Ministry this morning, said that he would take stock of the situation and start working on clearing the hurdles facing the sector.
"First thing is to stabilise the grid and it has to sustain. For that we will work out a proper strategy," he told reporters here.
Refraining from blaming the states for over-drawing the electricity from grids and not adhering to a discipline, Moily said he did not want to start his innings with a blame-game.
"I don't want to start with the blame game...at the appropriate time, we will find out short term and medium term solutions," he said.
Taking over the reins of the Ministry at a time when it is steeped in crisis, Moily will have to address the issues ranging from the failure of the three grids that plunged 21 states into darkness, to fuel shortages and the financial health of the distribution companies.
"I always like challenges in life...these things (electricity transmission and fuel issues) are very sensitive
rather hyper sensitive in the sector, problems will crop up at the same time how we combat these problems that becomes a challenge," Moily said.
"We are very much capable...capacity has been built... that is not the end of the journey we need to do more that is why we are here, he added.
The country suffered its worst power crisis yesterday, impacting more than half of the 1.2 billion population, as the three Grids -- Northern, Eastern and North Eastern -- collapsed.
More than 21 states went without electricity for several hours crippling normal life. From miners to passengers to daily commuters were left stranded for hours at a stretch due to the massive power failure.
One Junior Commanding Officer was killed and another jawan injured after a major infiltration bid by a group of six terrorists was foiled by the Army along LoC in Machil in Kupwara district of North Kashmir.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is expected to travel to Washington in a few months at the invitation of US President Barack Obama.
Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Saturday expanded his Cabinet with the induction of 28 Ministers.
A Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) official, who is also the Chief Investigating Officer probing the coal block allocation scam, was caught taking a bribe of Rs 15 lakh on Friday.
Farmers in Coimbatore region on Friday threatened that they would resort to mass suicides if government went ahead with its plan to increase power tariff.
DMK leader MK Stalin on Friday surrendered his illegally-imported Hummer to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in Chennai.
A month after an explosion took place opposite the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) office in Malleshwaram in Bangalore, police are yet to zero in on the person who had planted the bomb.