Street play by staff to raise awareness against power theft moves CMD
A street play by the staff of focal point division of Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) regarding power theft moved the Chairman-cum-Managing Director (CMD) of PSPCL,K D Chaudhary,so much that he has decided to revive the cultural wing of PSPCL. The wing used to play an active role till the early 1990s in not only entertaining the masses,but also in raising awareness regarding energy conservation,power theft etc.
In an interview with The Indian Express,Chaudhary said: When these employees,with no background in theatre can perform so well,what if our cultural wing does this? Distribution of pamphlets and making announcements dont work well,but,short films,skits and dramas can leave a great impact on the masses. Nukkad plays will become a feature now to tell people about the compulsion of power tariff hike,the need to save energy,problems like power theft and much more. Such plays will be conducted throughout Punjab as well.
Chaudhary came to the closing ceremony of energy conservation fortnight in Ludhiana,on Wednesday,in which apart from school students,the employees of PSPCL presented a play which revealed the political pressure they face when they go for checking in villages and urban areas. The employees received the award of best dialogues.
Few people know that artistes like Gurdas Mann,Chan Pardesi,Yograj Seda,Jaspal Bhatti and many others used to be on the rolls of PSPCL,which was then known as the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB).
They joined PSEB as budding artistes,while a few left as their popularity grew,others stayed behind. With the fewer number of artistes,the wing was eventually closed.
Whether dramas and plays will be successful in the era of cable TV,is still a question. Yograj Seda,who retired from PSEB in 2008,said: Short films will be an answer in the era of television. Earlier we used to do dramas for villagers on regular basis and the results were marvellous. I am ready to revive this cultural wing and will also provide a team of artists,if the CMD is really thoughtful about this concept again.
When asked about the steps being taken on energy conservation,Chaudhary said: Through various measures of energy conservation in the past,we have saved 250 MW of power. These measures were installation of capacitors in transformers,CFLs in houses,offices etc. If we save 1000 MW power by the end of this year the total saving will be worth Rs 700 crores in one year alone.
Chaudhary said: I am impressed by not only the staff of focal point but also by students of various schools who had presented skits. The message was more catchy in dramas.