Lucknow: UP Governor Ram Naik has sparked off a row after he made strong comments against those who indulge in power theft. After his comment that power thieves should be hanged drew flak, a defiant Naik now has said that they should be beaten in public with shoes.
"I had earlier said that the people who steal electricity are very notorious and they should be hanged in the streets. Someone said that it is not good to hang people for anything, I am improving that statement on moral grounds. Don't hang them but get them on the streets and hit them with shoes.
"Despite of massive power crunch, India is the only country in the world where its misuse is maximum," Naik said adding that for ensuring the availability of electricity to all, it is essential to check its misuse.
The governor pointed out that for development, availability of power, good infrastructure and human resources are required.
Emphasising upon striking a balance between private and public sector in the area of power generation, Naik said that in today's world expertise is essential in all fields.
(With inputs from PTI)