CEA constitutes group to solve manufacturer's dilemma

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New Delhi, Sept 21 (UNI) To sought out difficulties faced by new entrants in power equipment manufacture, the Central Electricity Authority (CEA) has constituted a group to formulate new pre-qualification criteria.

The new entrants in the power equipment manufacturing were getting bogged by the existing pre-qualification criteria and the group will simplify the criteria to enable new companies to enter the field, CEA Chairman Rakesh Nath said while addressing the 'India Electricity 2007' conference here today.

Mr Nath said the CEA is in regular interaction with power equipment manufacturers. After meeting with manufacturers in Chennai, a CEA team is headed for Chandigarh next week to apprise themselves of the problems faced by the prospective manufacturers and determine the support that could be extended by way of tax concessions and other sops.

The CEA Chairman added the management of hydro plants were up against a huge shortage of contractors, particularly on the civil side.

The CEA was working on a model contract agreement which will assess and determine the sharing of risks in an objective manner.

The model guidelines will be formulated soon and discussed at a conference to be held on November 15 this year, he added.

Mr Nath claimed the availability of skilled and unskilled manpower was a major problem. ''We need about 10 lakh people for construction, operation and maintenance of power plants and distribution. Even private plants were plagued with shortage of manpower. This was causing delay in the commissioning of the plants from nine months to a year.'' The Ministry of Power, he said, had asked all PSUs to adopt Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) around the project area to train and employ the local populace as also to train teachers for imparting skills to ITI students.

He said, PSUs have also been advised to build manpower for contractors and sub-contractors so that civil construction works do not suffer.

Mr Nath invited public and private sector developers to take advantage of the Government scheme which offers soft loans of Rs 2.5 crore for building and adopting ITIs. Companies availing of this scheme would have a say in the management of the ITIs, he pointed out.

UNI

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