IEEMA as a voice of Indian electrical industry plays a crucial policy advocacy role with central and state government and its agencies. IEEMA is invited by various central and state ministries, central PSU’s, State Utilities to provide its inputs and to play an increasing role as a “Partner of Choice” in policy formulation.
Some recent representations made by IEEMA are as follows:
Regarding Dual Certification of Distribution Transformers by BIS and BEE
IEEMA made a representation to MoP, DIPP, DHI & CEA regarding Dual Certification of Distribution Transformers by BIS and BEE, which is contrary to Ease of Doing Business, one of key initiative of Govt. of India.
This is in reference to the Gazette Notifications issued by Ministry of Power dt.16th December 2016 with amendment on the gazette dt. 17th February 2017 and Quality Control Order of Distribution Transformers dt. 07th May 2015 issued by department of Heavy Industries (DHI) with amendments in IS 1180(Part-1):2014.
While IEEMA appreciates the good intention of the Government of India is to save energy losses, dual regulations on the same product “Distribution Transformers” has created a lot of confusion for the manufacturers, users and related stakeholders.
IEEMA requested DIPP to look into the matter and consider the applicability of only one of the regulations for mandatory certification of DTs for manufacture and supply of quality energy efficient DTs as per IS:1180 Part 1/2014 which will require the manufacturers to deal with only one agency for doing the business with ease. The other regulation may be made voluntary/optional.
The matter is under consideration.
Regarding use of prime quality CRGO only from PGCIL approved vendors.
IEEMA sought a clarification on the advisory issued by REC Ltd. (REC/DDUGJY/QA/2017-18/D.No. 2087 dtd. 11.07.2017 & REC/DDUGJY/QA/2017-18/2065 dt. 29.06.2017) to all Discoms/Project Implementing Agencies on use of prime quality CRGO only from PGCIL approved vendors.
IEEMA requested REC to advice all Project Implementing Agencies/CMDs/MDs of Discoms to accept the processors/Core cutters/laminations manufacturers for supplying prime quality CRGO for manufacturing of Transformers, only in such cases where complete traceability reports are provided from the mill manufacturers which is also quoted in the clause no. 3 under Inspection of Prime CRGO laminations.
In addition to the above issue, IEEMA also brought to the notice of REC, that some State Utilities/Discoms are referring the said letter as an advisory to procure transformers with CRGO only, and not with Amorphous Core. Therefore necessary clarification may kindly be issued.
REC has accepted our request and has issued necessary directives to all Discoms/PIAs/SEBs.
Restructuring of pre GST contracts / bidding documents by Powergrid: Big relief to the industry
A series of meetings were held with Powergrid and IEEMA members, led by Mr. Adarsh Jain, Chairman, Economic and taxation committee, IEEMA, during June / July 2017 regarding restructuring of contracts / bidding documents due to implementation of GST.
A recent meeting held on 20th September 2017 with Mr. D C Joshi, Executive Director (Contracts), Powergrid Ltd., during which, the issues related to formats for price re-calculation for GST variation, prescribed HSN codes with various items in the tenders, percentages for reduction in prices in the old formats, acceptance of CA certificate for price reduction due to GST, GST on Freight and Insurance, status of excise exempted projects, states utilities that are not yet registered with GST and benefit on the amount of closing stock held on 30th June 2017 were discussed.