Kolkata, Jan 15 (IANS) Even as two police complaints were lodged on Tuesday against BJP West Bengal unit president Dilip Ghosh for his threat to "beat up" and "shoot' " anti-CAA protesters, the leader remained unmoved, as he alleged that the state has emerged as "hub of anti-nationals" during the Trinamool Congress rule.
The first complaint was registered in Ranaghat police station of Nadia district by a Trinamool Congress worker Krishnendu Banerjee, who alleged that Ghosh was inciting communal passion.
The second complaint was filed at Habra police station of 24 Parganas North district by another Trinamool worker.
State food and supplies minister and party's district president Jyotipriyo Mullick said the complaint was being "treated as an FIR".
"Lot of people are apprehensive that Dilip Ghosh could kill or shoot them. So the the complaint was filed," Mullick said.
Meanwhile, speaking at a programme in Kharagpur of Midnapore West district, Ghosh said there has been collapse of law and order in most districts.
Ghosh won the Lok Sabha election from Midnapore seat.
"Under Trinamool rule, Bengal has become a hub of anti-nationals. It is a safe haven for terrorists and enemies of the state," he alleged.
He said the situation has deteriorated with the Trinamool extending patronage to such people.
Addressing a party rally on Sunday in Ranaghat, about 80 km from Kolkata, Ghosh went ballistic saying the governments in BJP-ruled Assam, Karnataka and Uttar Pradesh have shot dead "like dogs" those protesting against the new Citizenship (Amendment) Act.
Alleging there were one crore infiltrators in the state, Ghosh accused them of destroying public property worth Rs 500-600 crore during the violent protests against the CAA last month.
"This (violence) happened because there was neither any baton charge, nor firing, nor was any FIR filed. Why? Didi's (elder sister - as Mamata Banerjee is popularly called) police did not arrest anybody... because they vote for her."
He then referred to the three states ruled by the BJP.
"In Assam, Karnataka and Uttar Pradesh, our governments have shot dead these devils like dogs. They were taken elsewhere and then again cases were filed against them. They will come here, eat, stay, and then destroy property, do they think this is their zamindari?"
He said once a BJP government was installed in Bengal: "We will hit them with sticks, shoot them, and also send them to jail. Our governments have done exactly that. Mamata Banerjee doesn't have the guts to do anything."
New Delhi, Aug 6 (IANS) Reduce financial and operational inefficiencies across India's power distribution sector, which as of May had accumulated massive overdue payment liabilities of Rs 1,16,340 crore to generation companies, by retiring old and expensive thermal power plants, a report by IEEFA said on Thursday.
Written by Vibhuti Garg and Kashish Shah from the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA), the report recommends, among other strategies, that discoms work with state governments to retire their inefficient and expensive thermal power plants as a key pathway to reducing their average cost of power procurement.
Discoms carry a total outstanding debt of Rs 4,78,000 crore or $66bn in FY2018/19.
"We suggest state-based discoms sit down with state generation utilities and review what old thermal power plants they can retire, given the state of surplus capacity," Garg told IANS.
"Many thermal power stations are old and operating at well under half their capacity, yet the states are bound by contracts to continue to pay hefty capacity charges.
"We understand that retiring power plants won't be easy as the proponents will want to make money for the life of the contract period. But in order to move forward and start to reduce the massive discom debt while enabling the states and the nation as a whole to transition to a cleaner, cheaper energy economy, the states will have to jump this hurdle."
By taking steps to retire end-of-life, expensive legacy thermal power contracts, states will reduce their losses and be in more of a position to contract cleaner, cheaper renewable power and invest in new technologies to further reduce losses such as smart meters.
Discoms have been unable to improve their operational performance even after receiving multiple bailout packages from the government in the last decade.
While there is no silver bullet to improve discoms' financial sustainability and viability, the report analyses three state-based case studies with respective recommendations on Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, while also focusing on action the government can take now to reduce the discoms' financial burden.
These include resolving legacy contracts issues and closing inefficient plants which will result in significant savings from fixed charge payments while reducing pollution and carbon footprints.
Also, reducing cross-subsidies to decrease the burden on commercial and industrial customers and increase healthy competition while allowing for the implementation of direct benefit transfers, solar irrigation pumps, and the adoption of policies favouring the uptake of solar rooftop systems.
"There is no point in bailing out state discoms again and again without locking in a systemic improvement," said Shah.
"Absent a sustained resolution of the discom sector losses, India's overall power sector reform will be stilted and ineffective.
"The government of India should consider implementing these recommendations and if state government lending and guarantees and discom subsidies are still required, they should be tied to the performance of the states in implementing reform in their distribution sectors."
Garg said the extreme financial mess in the distribution sector is unsustainable and requires bold policy choices and government expenditure to create an economically sustainable national electricity system.
"New private competition can bring new capital and more innovation," added Garg.