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About Electrical Inspectorate Department
Mission of the department
Line departments, Institutions and organizations under the department
Major Functions of the department
The main functions of the Department is to ensure safety of all electrical installations as per the provisions of section 53 of Electricity Act 2003.
Indian Electricity Rules 1956 stipulated various Rules to be enforced by the Electrical Inspector for ensuring safety in the installations and maintenance of Electrical Installations. Scheme approval is being issued for the electrical installations by this Department. Once the installation is completed, through inspection will be conducted by this Department and if it is in order, sanction for energisation will be issued. The Licensee / KSEB will issue electrical supply to the installations based on the sanction order issued by this Department.
All the HT/EHT installations, Installations of X-ray, Neon-sign, Lift, Generator, multistoried buildings etc. are periodically inspected by the field officers of this Department and the lapses, if any, noticed will be brought to the notice of the consumer for rectification.
The Licensing Board constituted vide Kerala State Electricity Licensing Board Rules is functioning under this Department. The main functions of the Board is to issue Licences and permits to competent persons for the installation and maintenance of Electrical Installations. Three categories of contractor licences are issued based on the competency of the supervisor employed and the adequacy of the infrastructure facilities available with the contractor.
Wireman permit and Supervisor permit are issued after conducting tests and interview by the Licensing Board.
Board of Examiners for Cinema Operators, constituted as per the provision of Kerala Cinema (Regulation) Act, is the authority to issue licence for the cinema operators. These licences are issued after conducting written and practical tests by the Board of Examiners for Cinema Operators Safety Certificate for the electrical installation at the premises of all categories of cinema theatre are issued by the Electrical Inspectors. Periodical inspections are also conducted as per the periodicity prescribed in Kerala Cinema (Regulation) Rule 1988.
Chief Electrical Inspector and Accounts Officer of Chief Electrical Inspectorate are designated as the duty inspectors as per Kerala Electricity Duty Act 1963 and Kerala Electricity Surcharge Act 1989. The books and records of KSEB and other licences are inspected by the Officers to verify the amount of duty payable under the above Acts.
A full fledged Lab for testing and calibration of various electrical appliances, instruments, protective devices and electrical installation is functioning at Thiruvananthapuram. This is the only Lab under the State under Government having NABL accreditation for electro technical calibration. In addition to the above, Regional Labs at Thiruvananthapuram, Ernakulam, Trissur, Palakkad, Kozhikode, Kollam, Kottayam, Malappuram and Kannur are also functioning under the department. There is also a mobile testing unit, functioning under Meter Testing and Standards Lab, Thiruvananthapuram for conducting tests at consumer premises at various districts.
As per the new regulation by the Central Electricity Authority, all the Energy Meters of consumers have to be calibrated before installation and once in five years, after installations, in an NABL accredited Laboratory. A proposal for upgrading the existing labs and setting up of 5 other labs with NABL accreditation facility has already been submitted to the Government.Chief Electrical Inspector has been appointed as the "Appropriate Authority" by the Government of Kerala to implement the provision of the Household Electrical Appliance (Quality Control) Order 1981 and Electrical Wires Cables, Appliances and Protective Devices and Accessories (Quality Control) Order 2003. One of the main functions of the Department is to conduct inquiry into electrical accidents. All fatal and non fatal electrical accidents are inquired into by the field officers to find out the exact cause of accidents. Action will be taken against the persons responsible for the accidents. Technical Functions of the Department
Kerala State Electricity Licensing Board
Constitution of the Board
As per Rule 45(1) of Indian Electricity Rules 1956:-'No electrical installation work, including additions, alterations, repairs and adjustments to existing installations, except such replacement of lamps, fans, fuses, switches, low voltage domestic appliances and fittings as in no way alters its capacity or character, shall be carried out upon the premises of or on behalf of any consumer, supplier, owner or occupier for the purpose of supply to such consumer, supplier, owner or occupier except by an electrical contractor licensed in this behalf by the State Government and under the direct supervision of a person holding a certificate of competency and by a person holding a permit issued or recognised by the State Government.'
The Board consists of:
Main Functions of Kerala State Electricity Licensing Board
Board of Examiners for Cinema Operators Examination
Board of Examiners constituted for the purpose of conducting Cinema Operators Examination and issue of Competency Certificate.The Board consists of three members including Chairman and Member Secretary as given below:
The Chief Electrical Inspector- Chairman
The Additional Chief Electrical Inspector- Member Secretary
The Head of Department of Electrical Engineering, College of Engineering, Thiruvananthapuram- Member
Issue of Competency Certificate and Cinema Operator Licence
Those who have completed 18 years of age and have passed SSLC Examination can register their name as Apprentice for the Cinema Operator Examination. After completing one year apprenticeship the candidates can appear for a written examination, The successful candidates in the written examination can appear for a practical examination conducted by the above Board.
Those who become successful in the practical examination are awarded with Competency Certificate and Cinema Operator Licence.
Functions under the Kerala Electricity Duty Act, 1963 and the Kerala Electricity Duty Rules, 1963.
The Chief Electrical Inspector is the Inspecting Officers appointed under Section 7 of the Kerala Electricity Duty Act, 1963. Inspections are conducted at the offices of the licensees viz; (1) Kerala State Electricity Board (2) Thrissur Municipality (3) M/s Tata Tea Ltd., Munnar (4) Cochin Shipyard, Eranakulam (5) Techno Park, Thiruvananthapuram (6) Cochin Port Trust, Eranakulam (7) KINFRA EPIP Ltd., Eranakulam (8) Cochin Special Economic zone, Eranakulam and (9) Rubber Park , Kochi to ascertain the quantum of amount payable to Government as duty under Section 3 and section 4 of The Kerala Electricity Duty Act, 1963.
Function under The Kerala Electricity Surcharge (Levy and Collection) Act, 1989 and The Kerala State Electricity Surcharge (Levy and Collection) Rules, 1992.
The Chief Electrical Inspector and the Accounts Officer of the Electrical Inspectorate Department are the Inspecting Officers appointed under Section 5 of The Kerala Electricity Surcharge (Levy and Collection) Act, 1989. The Kerala State Electricity Board and other licensees shall submit quarterly and annual returns to the Inspecting Officers. The Inspecting Officers are required to inspect the books and records of the Kerala State Electricity Board and other licensees to verify the amount of surcharge payable under the Act.
Meter Testing and Standards Laboratory
The Meter Testing and Standards Laboratory (MTSL) has availed NABL accreditation for electro technical calibration during 2003 and it is the only Government Lab in the State
The Meter Testing and Standards Laboratory consists of the following divisions
Calibration and Testing facilities available in the meter testing and standards laboratory
A mobile testing unit is also available in the Meter Testing and Standards Laboratory
Meter Testing and Standards Laboratory Electrical Inspectorate,
Functions of the Department which have direct citizen interaction
Kerala State Electricity Licensing Board
Board of Examiners for Cinema Operators Examination
To conduct Cinema Operators Examination for issuing Competency certificate and Licence for Cinema Operators
Renewal of licence for Cinema Operators.