New Delhi: Struggling with the Anna movement for the Jan Lokpal Bill, the government is falling short of time to pay attention to its reforms agenda. The Prime Minister’s much awaited meeting to chalk out a solution on the problem of coal supply to power companies has been put on hold until the Anna issue comes to rest.

As a result, the government has not been able to decide on adding new power generation capacity in the upcoming 12th Five Year Plan.

The meeting determined to decide the fate of the proposed power projects of 25,000 megawatts was to be held on August 7 but had to be postponed owing to the hustle bustle of the Anna movement.

Although the allocation of coal blocks for the power projects has been completed, a final approval from the Forest and Environment Ministry is still awaited.

The meeting to be chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will also be attended by the Power Minister Sushilkumar Shinde, Coal Minister Sriprakash Jaiswal, Forest and Environment Minister Jayanti Natarajan, Deputy Chairman of Planning Commission Montek Singh Ahluwalia and Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee. Cabinet Secretary and Principal Secretary in the Prime Minister's Office will also be a part of the meeting.

Experts now say that this meeting is possible only after solution to Anna's fast is chalked out.
The PM wants to add an extra 1 lakh MW power generation capacity in the forthcoming plans. Citing uncertainty in fulfilling the coal demand, Ministry of Power regard it a difficult target. The Ministry believes that if coal is made available for the 25,000 MW power projects, then the target of one lakh MW can be achieved.

The private sector is also waiting for the meeting to have a final word on the issue.

(JPN/Bureau)