It has been more than one year since I took over as ITMA President. It has been indeed an honour for me to serve the transformer industry. We were able to accomplish on
many fronts which would not have been possible without your explicit support. During my introductory remark when I took over the reins of ITMA from my predecessor in the midstream, I appreciated the commendable work rather concerted efforts put in by Mr Anil Aggarwal and the way he handled the intricate problems with concerned authorities was really appreciable and I must say we were lucky to have him as our President. I have tried my level best to pick up the threads left by him in order to accomplish further with best of efforts in reaching the desired goal.
The detailed report has been prepared by secretariat which has broadly listed out good number of points/ issues having been dealt with. Basically the most important aspect is mandatory dual certification which was taken up even at the level of Hon’ble P M and followed up with the then Union Power Minister without any tangible results. MoP had their own compulsions due to mandatory nature of certifications under the provisions of Energy Conservation Act. Recently with my back ground as Former Chairman of BBMB and Former Director Power Grid, I was able to once again interact with Secretary Power Shri Bhalla when I emphasized on resolution of issues pending for long , such as mandatory dual certification, uniformity of specifications, inadequate testing facilities in India and warranty period of DTs to be applicable as per CEA norms, i.e 18/24 months rather than 66 months prescribed by Discoms in the tender documents.
During our meeting with Secretary(Power) which happened last month Mr.Bhalla appreciated all the points/issues and instructed his Economic Advisor Mr. Raj Pal to call a meeting of BEE and ITMA so that the star labelling is accorded without much difficulty with least financial burden on the manufacturers . He even suggested for “on line processing” of applications and also assured to look into the request for reduced financial burden for star labeling fees being charged by BEE. Likewise we have taken up with DG BEE about the difficulties of getting star labels expeditiously and for expediting star labeling in future so that our Members are fully prepared to meet the requirement of Industry. Similarly all other issues such as Relaxation of date of the implementation of the quality control order for confirmed contracts/purchase orders issued after 7th May 2015 and prior to 1st February 2016 by Discoms/Utilities was also taken up. The matter was pursued with DHI who agreed and issued the amendment.
Import of prime CRGO material in the country is from the major producers of CRGO who have acquired the BIS licenses. Most of the foreign manufacturers do not sell their material directly to the Indian customers and have appointed wholly owned subsidiary/company who are fully authorized to deal with the Indian customers .The issue was taken up by ITMA with MoS/BIS who agreed to accept the material from the wholly owned subsidiary of the foreign mills.
Internal circuit breaker (ICB) in distribution transformers up to 200 KVA rating has been taken up with BIS for including in the IS: 1180 (part-l/2014) as an optional accessory /item of the distribution transformers. Matter is still pending with BIS technical committee ETD-16.
For stoppage of unabated import of seconds/used CRGO in the form of cut laminations or as transformer parts in the country, details have been elaborated in the report for information of Members.
In the end I would like to thank all ITMA members, council members, office bearers especially my predecessor – Mr Anil Aggarwal , Zonal Vice Presidents, Secretariat staff for reposing their faith in me for leading the organization.
I request the Members to forward their critical inputs and valuable suggestions, so as to further improve the ITMA activities.
I convey my best Wishes for New Year 2018 to all the stakeholders of ITMA.
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