Forms to be available on website, directives for regular inspections

Chief secretary holds video-conferencing

cs15.9Bhopal, September 13, 2015 (Ataullah Faizan):   Through a video-conferencing, Chief Secretary Mr. Anthony de Sa directed all collectors to exercise caution in the context of Petlawad incident. He also directed for regular inspections. The CS said that Chief Minister Mr. Shivraj Singh Chouhan has clearly directed that collectors and SPs will also be held responsible for such serious incidents. The CS directed to launch an inspection campaign from today continuously till September 30. During the campaign, physical verification of all licensees and their staff will be made jointly by SDM and SDOP.

Responsibility of joint inspection of agencies issuing licences for explosives and licence holders will lie with Revenue and police officers. The CS also sought detailed inspection reports by October 5 with one copy to Home Department. Directives were given to necessarily inform district magistrates about renewal of licence for explosives by Central Explosives Controller, Agra. It was informed that entire details about licence holders of explosive materials is available on the website of Chief Explosives Controller, Nagpur.

Collectors have also been given facility to obtain all information by getting user name and password by Government of India’s Petroleum and Explosive Safety Organisation. All collectors and SPs can obtain necessary details by logging on to the site. Necessary forms will also be available. Public domain arrangement is also available on the website. The CS directed Explosives Controller to ensure early action on forms received from collectors.

The CS said that taking a serious note of Petlawad incident, necessary inspections of explosives licence holders should be undertaken to keep watch over their activities. It should be ensured at collector level that licence holders comply with rules. Where errors are found, licence should be confiscated and criminal case also registered. The CS said that action should also be taken against licence holders of different kinds of explosives if they neglect rules while transporting and storing explosives.

Mr. de Sa said that SDOs/SDMs and SDOPs in entire state should present reports of physical verification done in September. This responsibility should be given to tahasildars and police inspectors in the districts having more licence holders. Strict action should be taken against people violating sections of Explosives Act 1884 and Explosive Materials Act 1908 and sections of rules-2008.