Interview: Electrifying India Electrifying India: What the New Energy Policy Means For Domestic and Foreign Companies

Author / Editor: Nedra Pereira / Dominik Stephan

Latest norms in the Indian Distribution Transformer sector – Pawan Kumar Jain, Chairman of the Distribution Transformer Division at IEEMA and Managing Director at, Kotsons expounds on why the latest policies and decisions taken by the government are a long awaited boon for the Indian Power T&D sector.

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What role does the Indian Electrical & Electronics Manufacturers’ Association (IEEMA) play in solving industry challenges?

Pawan Jain : IEEMA is the first ISO certified industry association in India with 800+ member organizations encompassing the complete value chain in power generation, transmission and distribution equipment. The association holds product specific conferences, seminars and large exhibitions such as ELECRAMA, which is the world’s largest event for the T&D equipment industry, and INTELECT, an integrated tech platform for the future of electricity, to get everyone related to power under one roof so that open dialogue can take place.

How will the recent assurance from the Department of Heavy Industries (DHI) for relaxation of Electrical Transformer Quality Control order help the sector grow?

Pawan Jain : The assurance given by DHI is on contracts issued prior to February 1, 2016. This comes as a huge relief to the manufacturers as well as the Utilities. The Utilities will now obtain transformers to be able to achieve their electrification targets.

Furthermore, this decision will provide a major thrust to the manufacturers of quality transformers and help achieve the Government of India’s ambitious electrification program.

The Central Electricity Authority (CEA) passed a norm which makes it compulsory for all government funded power projects to source locally. Please advise why this was a welcome move.

Pawan Jain : This decision addresses the underutilization of existing manufacturing facilities of domestic electrical equipment manufacturers. Moreover, it will address the concern of large scale penetration of foreign equipment in the sensitive power sector. The decision also emphasizes that, if any international competitive bidding is necessary, then the quoted price has to be in Indian Rupees only.

As foreign manufacturers will be required to establish manufacturing facilities in India within a specific timeframe and ensure technology transfer under a Phased Manufacturing Program, this will pave way for the domestic manufacturing sector.

* The author is Deputy Editor at Vogel Business Media India