TN failed to set up power projects, retorts Centre

TN failed to set up power projects, retorts Centre

Hitting out at the Tamil Nadu government for faulting Union ministers from the state for reportedly not doing enough to ease the acute power crisis, Shipping Minister G K Vasan said the state government is to blame as it failed to set up power projects at the right time.

“There is no point in blaming Central ministers from Tamil Nadu for the severe power crisis. The state government has not taken any steps to improve power generation or set up necessary projects to meet increasing needs,” he said, in an indirect reference to Chief Minister Jayalalitha’s remarks on Friday, blaming Congress-led UPA and the previous DMK government for the problem.

He was speaking at a function organised to unveil a statue of the father of green revolution, C Subramaniam. Vasan said Congress has not been found wanting in raising its voice against all state related issues, be it on Sri Lankan Tamils, attacks on fishermen or Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant and warned other parties not to take it lightly.

He asked party workers to explain to people the achievements of the UPA government and also the problems being faced by various sectors due to the power crisis.
Former Union minister E V K S Elangovan said the benefit of FDI in insurance and retail would be felt only after three years. “You wait and see the difference. The benefit will be reaped after three years,” he said.

Former Tamil Nadu Congress Committee (TNCC) president K V Thangkabalu said the UPA government has followed the footsteps of Subramaniam by ushering in the second green revolution.