North India is reeling under power outage that has been triggered by the shortage of coals. The glaring slackness of the Central government has made the situation to this acute shortage of power supply. It is intriguing, after the crisis spun out of control, the government passed order to supply adequate quantum of coals to the thermal power plants. The Coal Ministry and Ministry of Power are equally responsible for this blackout as they did not show their proactiveness to nip the problems in the bud. If the policy makers of these departments failed to gauge the situation that the rains could create hiccups in supplying of the coals to the thermal plants, they are, of course, outliving their purpose. It is irony that the ministries came out of slumber when the crisis of powers in many states went out of proportion. It seems that the ministries were waiting for the crisis. It is highly obnoxious that units of NTPC gradually got affected due to shortage of coals and the people sitting at the helm of affairs threw up their hands. It is the height of Centre’s slipshodness, after the power crisis takes a national dimension, it was assured that problems would be fixed in the next 48 hours.

The way power outage compounded vividly indicates lack of coordination between the ministries resulting in myriads of problems. No one can buy this argument that the stir caused by the Telangana tangle or disruption of rail services in any part of the country hits the coal supply leading to the power crisis. The root cause of the power outage is the ignorance and lack of vision of both the ministries. The profound irony is that problem of this nature cropped up when the country is already undergoing economic turmoil. It is disappointing that the government is not much keen on saving the country from a complete plunge into the blackout. Lack of coordination between ministries is said to become a stumbling block for generation of additional powers. It clearly depicts the pathetic situation of power sector that the Planning Commission had to cut down the target of generating 78000 mw of additional power, which indifferent approach of the government towards important sector.