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Petroleum & Explosives Safety Organisation (PESO)

Brief about the Scheme

As a statutory authority, PESO is entrusted with the responsibilities under the Explosives Act, 1884; Petroleum Act, 1934; Inflammable Substances Act, 1952, Environment (Protection Act), 1986 and the following rules framed there under:-

Petroleum & Explosives Safety Organisation (PESO), Nagpur is the nodal Organization to look after safety requirements in manufacture, storage, transport and use of explosives and petroleum. The Organization is headed by Chief Controller of Explosives with its headquarter located at Nagpur (Maharashtra). It has five Circle Offices located in Kolkata, Mumbai, Chennai, Faridabad and Agra and 18 Sub-circles Offices in the country. It has a Departmental Testing Station (DTS) at Gondkhairy, Nagpur where tests on explosives, safety fittings of road tanker, cylinders/ containers are carried out. Fireworks Research and Development Centre (FRDC) at Sivakasi, Tamil Nadu for testing and development of ecofriendly fireworks has been set up by PESO to ensure safety and security of public and property from fire and explosion. Please see PESO’s website PESO for more details

EXPLOSIVES ACT, 1884

  1. Explosives Rules, 2008

  2. Ammonium Nitrate Rules, 2012

  3. Gas Cylinders Rules, 2016

  4. Static and Mobile Pressure Vessels (Unfired) Rules, 2016

  5. Notification No. GSR 625/(E) dated 07.08.1983 regarding Acetylene Generator.

PETROLEUM ACT, 1934

  1. Petroleum Rules, 2002

  2. Calcium Carbide Rules, 1987

  3. Cinematography Film Rules, 1948 (These rules have become obsolete and are to be repealed).

Major Activities and Functions of PESO:

i) To approve layout and construction plans/ licence for explosives manufacturing units and other installations;

ii) To scrutinize returns of purchase, use and sale of explosives;

iii) To regulate and implement safety regulation norms in over 2.56 lakh licensed premises/units used for manufacture, storage, transport and handling of hazardous substances;

iv) To advise Port, Airport and Railway authorities in respect of transportation of explosives & other dangerous substance whenever asked for;

v) To impart training to police personnel, security and other officers in safe handling of explosives.

Modernization and Computerization: The following steps have been taken to make the functioning of the organization more efficient, transparent and user friendly:-

Under the e-governance project of Government of India, the processes relating to internal functioning of PESO as well as those relating to providing various services have been reengineered and made entirely online. The wide area network (WAN) and related IT infrastructure (hardware and software) have been upgraded. All the PESO offices have been brought under Explonet Network. All licensing transactions viz. construction approval, amendment, renewal, suspension, cancellation etc. are being done online by all offices across the country. The data is simultaneously updated on the PESO’s website. Applicants can also view status of their application and can also download letters issued by PESO.

All Explosives manufacturers including SMEs are submitting their explosive production data online on day to day basis, since 1st July, 2010 and submission of online returns is compulsory for Explosives Magazine licence holders. Under the Explosives Rules, 2008, the existing ERS (Explosives Return System) has been enhanced to compulsorily generate RE-11 (indent) on the part of purchaser. Preparation of RE-12 also goes through the checks and balances provided in the system to adhere to various provisions of the Explosives Rules. On actual receipt of explosives, the consignee accepts the explosives online in the ERS. Thus, features like knowing the real time stock have further enhanced the ERS and streamlined transactions of explosives to a greater extent. Introduction of pass for use (RE-13) is another initiative launched for users of explosives in mines and other sites to streamline the usage and maintenance of records. This initiative will help curb misuse and mis-appropriation of explosives and will also bring accountability. Sites of use of explosives with names of blasters will also be captured in the database.

The indents for sale and use of explosives are generated by the system which does not allow any licencee to deviate from the rules. Quarterly 136 Attached & Subordinate Offices and other Organisations Returns of explosives (RE7) are filed online by licencees. All transactions (Returns) are cross checked by ERS. All District Magistrates/SPs have been given link through the PESO website to view movement of explosives in their jurisdiction, whereas DIPP/ MHA can see movement across the country. The system generated SMS Alert service has been commenced for all transactions of explosives i.e. issue of indents by consignee, supply of explosives, receipt of explosives, etc. For penal action under the Explosives Rules i.e. Suspension & Cancellation, email facility has been integrated with the internal application. The system sends email to concerned DM and SP in case the licence is suspended or cancelled under their jurisdiction. E-filing of application for external stakeholders under the Petroleum Rules, 2002, Explosives Rules, 2008 and Ammonium Nitrate Rules, 2012 has started. The said e-filing facilities have been integrated with e-payment gateway, so as to make the licence fee payment cashless. The licensees have been provided with facility to register with PESO portal and maintain their License-Portfolio.

Under the SMPV (U) Rules, 2016 and Petroleum Rules, 2002, an online module for Competent Persons has also been launched. This initiative has streamlined the online generation of test certificates by competent persons to a great extent. The online generated certificates also get linked to respective licence file at the time of processing of applications. During processing, PESO officers can view online certificates issued by the competent person and can also verify his signature with the online record. This eliminates scope for forgery in the certification process.

Budget Availability/Utilization since last 5 years:-

(Rs. In crores)

Year

Plan

Allocation

Plan

Expenditure

Non Plan Allocation

Non Plan Expenditure

2012-13

3.00

3.00

25.42

25.20

2013-14

2.10

2.10

29.06

27.66

2014-15

3.00

2.55

30.08

28.88

2015-16

3.00

2.98

30.66

30.92

Year 2016-17

Year

Plan Allocation

Plan

Expenditure

Non Plan Allocation

Non Plan

Expenditure

Q1

 

8.80

0.51

 

36.20

11.04

Q2

1.92

10.09

Q3

0.37

9.23

Q4

5.67 (Upto Feb, 17)

5.80(Upto Feb,17)

Total

8.80

8.47

36.20

36.16

 


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