Desperate State to buy power for exams

Starved of electricity and disgruntlement from the students’ community growing more vigorous, a hassled Nagaland Government is looking to buy additional power from the central grid. Nonetheless, early respite may be far off for students in Nagaland, currently in the midst of high school and higher secondary examinations, as well as undergraduate examinations. States across the country are facing actuate shortage of power leave alone sell surplus and the Centre has yet to respond.
Minister for Power Y Doshehe Sema said Friday that the state wants to purchase additional power from the Centre’s grid. The current requirement for the state has touched a high of about 100 Megawatts. Currently the state is subsisting one a mere 40 Megawatts, Sema said. He said ‘whatever they give us’ the state will buy especially when examinations are one.
The minister also said a contributing reason to the shortage is the declined levels of water.  Earlier in the second week, February, Naga Students’ Federation (NSF) held the government of Nagaland responsible for what the organization called “limitless” power outages in the state.
The NSF had demanded thorough examination into the ‘Power department’s failure to provide poor supply to the state.’
The NSF had also vetted the “irregularities of power” in the state especially during examinations. The organization said it was “annoyed” at the “limitless load shedding which is unreceptive to the studies of the students in particular and generally the public livelihood.”
“It is not humanely possible to satisfy all consumers,” said Sema in resignation when queried on the power outages plaguing the state especially during the current period of examinations. The government had also written to the Centre in 2010 requesting for additional power, he said. There has yet to be response form the Centre, he said, while also expressing inability to say if Nagaland would receive additional power.
On the lighter side, queried on the ‘biggest problem’ currently facing the Power department, the minister responded: “Power.”
Earlier, two separate reports on Nagaland’s economic profile had indicated that even after investing 80% of at least $ 450 million into the power and manufacturing sectors, the tiny NE state continues to face power “shortage” and its more than 1,000 megawatt power potential remaining untapped.
Up to December 2008, the state had invested $ 286.4 million in the electricity sector, by far the biggest of the total four sectors where the state’s government had invested in. The reports implied that the huge investment by general accounts have not helped Nagaland’s power situation that much.  
The reports were the 2010 report by the Indian Brand Equity Foundation (IBEF) and the other, the 3rd North East & East Power Summit, 2010.
Currently electricity outages (‘load-shedding’) are on in the entire state. The outages have roused the students’ community, in various levels of examination, to protest.