After ten years, it seems comforting to see India’s Prime Minister making a speech among the people, and especially when the Prime Minister expresses concern over India’s biggest problem — the problem of electricity. And at the same time holds out the hope that in the next few years sufficient electricity will be available not only cities, electricity will be available in villages too for 24 hours. Electricity is the biggest bedrock of development. If electricity is the biggest bedrock of development, how will it be produced and how will its production become universal? The Prime Minister too is no stranger to the fact that instead of using up the store of coal in the country, it is essential to save its reserves and that no water is available for generating electricity. Till now, it is these two which have remained the known sources of electricity, and what the Prime Minister pointed towards is solar energy, i.e., production of electricity from the rays of the sun. The technique is expensive, but apart from this the country has no option.
When the Prime Minister said that every home should produce electricity for itself, this sentence should be appreciated and it should also be implemented. For producing solar energy in every house, solar panels will have to be put up, but the way in which their price is increasing shows that an attempt is about to be made to scuttle the Prime Minister’s scheme. All those people who see profit in any statement of the Government, have suddenly become active and an ‘alliance’ has formed among the people who manufacture solar panels. If the Prime Minister does not take a decision immediately that the price of solar panels for houses will not increase beyond a certain limit, then the Prime Minister’s sentence that every home should produce solar energy can prove to become a step for opening a new path for profiteers. So far, such an announcement on behalf of the Prime Minister has not come before one. It should be hoped that the Prime Minister will immediately make this kind of announcement, so that companies constructing solar energy panels do not succeed afresh in pushing the country into the web of profiteering.
The Prime Minister will also have to make a decision that whichever company wants, can set up a solar energy making plant from 1 MW to 500 MW anywhere in this country. The location for setting up the plant should be close to the grid and permission for it should be available in 5 to 7 days. For this purpose, it is necessary that a full time Ministry be formed with this responsibility that in the next 1 year in this country a target of producing at least one lakh to two lakh MW of solar energy be set and it should be completed too. Let me make it clear before the people of the country that for producing solar energy it does not take more than 8 months and that is what Narendra Modi will have to get the Minister and other officers who will be involved in the solar energy task to understand and will have to keep a target of only eight months before them for producing solar energy. And if Prime Minister Narendra Modi accepts only generating solar energy as the target before the next Budget, he will become successful in opening a new path of development for this country and people will trust him. Prime Minister Narendra Modi says a sentence in the form of opposition to corruption – that it should end, but does not say that whoever stands against corruption stands for the country and the Government will support him or her at any cost. How the Government will support those fighting corruption, that also the Prime Minister should clarify. Alongside, the Prime Minister will have to give a call to the people living in the villages in the country that they should rise against corruption. In fact, not only in the last ten years, but in the last so many years, all the schemes that came into being, they were all sacrificed to corruption and the ugliest facet that emerged is that the village Panchayats in the country have become a part of this corruption.
It depends on Prime Minister Narendra Modi or the country’s Government whether they support opposing corruption or in the name of opposing corruption, support those who are corrupt. It should not seem to people that the Government talks about opposition to corruption, but supports those who indulge in corruption.
I do not talk of South India, but mostly, village Panchayats in North India are the last part of a corrupt system. To prevent and stop this corruption,only — and only — people of the villages themselves can show their will power and can stop it too. Now, it depends on Prime Minister Narendra Modi or the country’s Government whether they support opposing the corruption or in the name of opposing corruption, support those who are corrupt. It should not seem to people that the Government talks about opposition to corruption, but supports those who indulge in corruption.
Why doesn’t Prime Minister Narendra Modi give a call to the youth living in the villages of the country, to farmers, that they should keep tabs on all schemes running in the village and if they see corruption anywhere, should not only oppose it immediately but also provide information about it to the Government. It may be that people at some places may also file wrong complaints to settle scores. There, the Government should reassure those looking into the grievances that if they will conduct a proper, correct investigation, they will be awarded an appropriate prize for it. The Government will have to bring in a complete plan to stop and end the ongoing corruption in village schemes at the very earliest.
In the electricity sector there is theft of 30 to 40 per cent. This theft is done by big capitalists too, this theft happens in the cities also, this theft happens in villages as well and all this happens with the connivance of Government employees who look after the electricity system. To stop this theft, public awareness is important, public initiatives are also important. Even though electricity is a States subject, the Central Government should motivate the State Governments and take strict steps in the direction of stopping this electricity theft. In fact there are some subjects in which there should be no politics. Such as construction of the basic structure, in which the first step is power generation, power distribution and power theft. These do not come within the purview of political debate, this is pure and pure corruption. Every party should oppose this corruption.
The Prime Minister is sensible, but when you want to include all the people of the country in your campaign, then even in the talk of the simplest of simple people you should seek implications. People are not talking about immediate diagnosis of their problems. They have been searching for a way to diagnose their problems for the last 65 years but they are not able to see it anywhere. Every time, they get corruption in the name of development and work done at a normal pace is put before them in the form of achievements. That is why when a Prime Minister says that we have no magic wand, then what it means is that a fresh means of finding a way to mislead or bewilder them is being sought. It is a matter of happiness that so far this sentence has not emerged from the mouth of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. But, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has spoken a sentence, that those who have ruled for 60 years are not giving even 60 days honeymoon time and are criticising. This sentence that in 60 days nothing can be done, could become, unless the Prime Minister takes care, a prelude to that sentence that there is no magical wand in our hands with which we can overnight transform the country. The people of this country have been hearing this sentence for generations and more than 70 per cent of country has been living in hell. Therefore, when a new Government comes, then the desires in the minds of people, their hopes and aspirations begin to see new dreams and to fulfill those dreams, five years are talked about. And then, after five years and, it is said why those dreams could not be fulfilled. This sentence strengthens those forces in this country which want to erect a new system against a democratic system. Therefore, the first hope from the Prime Minister is that he gives a call to people in the villages to rise against corruption and assures them and gives them confidence that whoever opposes corruption will be supported by the Government and in what form it will do so should be made clear. To give a call against profiteering in the companies that will be engaged in building up solar energy, the corruption that has spread in village Panchayats, and especially to give a call to stand up in opposition in matters like electricity theft, is today’s first and prime need. And it should be hoped that the Prime Minister will understand these problems and will give a call to people to stand up against them, and whoever will stand up, will support him or her as well.