New Delhi: Minister of Corporate Affairs Veerappa Moily will take additional charge of the Power Ministry at a time when the sector is currently battling a major electricity crisis.
Three transmission grids -- Northern, Eastern and North-eastern -- today collapsed leaving half of the 1.2 billion population of the country paralysed.
This comes on top of a similar crisis in eight states yesterday.
Some of the states have been blamed for over drawing of electricity leading to grid collapse.
"Cannot start with blame game on states. We will have to keep in touch with the development of the country," Moily said.
He said he will speak to his predecessor Sushilkumar Shinde and take stock of the current situation.
"It is a very difficult and challenging situation, will have to take stock of it, will always fulfil the responsibilities given to me and will give full attention to power portfolio," Moily said.
"Will speak to Shinde about the current situation and will also meet with the Prime Minister and concerned people on the matter," he said adding he Will have to be fully ceased of the matter before commenting on the current situation.
"Power is a very challenging sector and I always believe in reforms...Will remove bottlenecks in implementing projects in sector," Moily said.