On 19th February in a meeting for stakeholder consultation under the chairmanship of Piyush Goyal, Commerce and Industry Minister was held in Udyog Bhawan, New Delhi in which leading boiler manufactures, users, foundries, forges, pipes and tubes makers, third party inspecting authorities, central boiler board members and State government representatives participated. Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade(DPIIT) in association with State Governments has taken a number of reforms related to manufacturing, erection and use of boilers.
As apart of the reform, self-certification of boilers has been implemented in many States. Under the reform rules and regulations are set in place for third party inspection. This has resulted in a simplified and more accessible, user-friendly framework for the administration of the Boilers Act and has also protected manufacturers/users’ interests without sacrificing the safety of boilers. CBB has recognized 12 third party inspecting authorities to work in the country, employing competent persons to carry out inspection of boilers and boiler components, during manufacture and use, in addition to Chief Inspector or Director of Boilers. independent competent persons have also been authorized to work in individual capacity under Section-8 of the Boilers Act, for in-service inspection of boilers.
- Other Reforms:
- Inspection of boilers and boiler components by the third-party inspecting authorities and Competent Persons to be implemented.
- Simplified registration of boilers including a facility for on-line registration.
- Timeline limits have been prescribed for all approvals/clearances under the Boilers Act/IBR.
- Directions have been given to State Governments u/s 31 A of the Boilers Act, 1923 for on-line registration of boilers and it has been implemented in many States.
- Regulations have been amended to increase the time period between inspections, requiring mandatory shutdown of the boilers in power plants and continuous process plants.
Large contractors fail to pay MSMEs on time. The last mile contract implementing MSMEs usually do not get access to the project owners. When there is a payment default, the project owners wash their hands. The government should make the project owners hold the responsibility of
payment to MSMEs, even if the project work is assigned to a corporate sized contractor. If a PSU contractor, who has shown delinquency in payment to its sub-contractors, such a contractor should be blacklisted from bidding for PSU tenders thereafter.