However, very few manufacturers had registered for the programme. In Coimbatore, which manufactured 48 per cent of the total agricultural pumps in the country, hardly any manufacturer had registered.The association sought clarifications on technical issues such as accepting NABL accredited laboratory certificates and the number of efficiency markings that the product would have on the name plate.
A meeting of the technical committee of the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) was held in New Delhi on June 4 with members of the Southern India Engineering Manufacturers’ Association and the Indian Pump Manufacturers Association. The bureau agreed to the suggestions of the industry.Mr. Ramdass said now the units would be able to submit the certificates they had obtained from the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) or NABL accredited laboratories for the BEE rating. If the product met the minimum energy standards of BIS, it would get one star. For a five star, it should be 20 per cent higher.
The name plate of the product would have the BIS mark, the BEE logo and the star rating. The BEE proposed to recommend to Government departments to procure only those pumpsets that had three-star or above rating. Though the rating was optional now, the BEE proposed to make it mandatory in five years and also extend the programme to domestic pumps, he said.