THE government's roadmap for doing away with the menace of loadshedding is a step in the right direction. The strategy consists mainly of reliance on IPPs, ensuring regular water supply from dams, and building more powerhouses. The existing IPPs, whose share in the country's power generation is quite large, would receive their dues from the government while the new ones would also be set up. This was announced by Minister for Water and Power, Raja Pervez Ashraf, who indicated that the government was willing to reverse the decision to increase the power tariff, that caused strong resentment in the public. Protesting crowds attacked several WAPDA offices. However, it was quite confusing to see PM's Finance Adviser Shaukat Tarin ruling out the possibility of the withdrawal of the increase. Meanwhile, Pakistan's economy has been hard hit by power outages. Hundreds of mills in Faisalabad and industrial centres elsewhere have been shut down, putting the fate of thousands of workers in jeopardy. The business community in general has been incurring losses of billions of rupees. A common man's budget simply cannot bear to pay an additional 70 percent for the use of electricity. Not surprisingly, the scourge where it has aggravated the economic turbulence of the country is fast becoming a source of social unrest as well. The government, if it wished to refute the charge that it had become dysfunctional, would have to put the roadmap into effect on a war footing and ensure the supply of power to citizens at cheap rates. It would be advisable to introduce a new billing formula that protects the interests of the poor adequately. However, complete success can only be guaranteed if this short-term measure was followed by steps that include building a consensus on certain water storage projects, like the Kalabagh dam that is ready for construction, setting up more nuclear power plants, exploiting the Thar coal reserves and executing projects like the IPI and TAPI.