IRRESPECTIVE of the factors involved in creating a gaping hole between the supply and demand of electricity, the shortage is a reality that the nation has to contend with, while at the same time putting in all efforts to bridge it. Sacrifices, therefore, have to be made by all sections of society. In this backdrop, it is inconceivable that certain groups of traders and industrialists should be resisting the plan to stagger the weekly off-days or to close their businesses in accordance with the schedule set by the government. Most markets, at least in big metropolitan towns, which consume large chunks of energy as they open near about midday and pull down their shutters even well past midnight, remained open. Certainly, under the circumstances, they should be coming forward to rearrange their schedules of business so that the problem could be overcome.