There seems merit in the proposal, but all stakeholders need to boost transparency in the policy-challenged power sector. The plan to have stressed assets forgoing fixed charges, so as to rev up dispatch, would amount to labelling them as merchant plants. The period of suspending PPAs need to be clearcut and time-bound. The discoms, meanwhile, need to proactively shore up revenue collections and realisations. They need to be mandated to publish quarterly results. The political will must be found to reform state power utilities.