‘In­dia’s 76% LED bulbs were spu­ri­ous’

DNA (Daily News & Analysis) Mumbai Edition - - FRONT PAGE -

Three-fourths of light emit­ting diode (LED) bulbs sold in In­dia’s $1 bil­lion mar­ket were found non-com­pli­ant with gov­ern­ment’s con­sumer safety stan­dards, mar­ket re­search firm Nielsen said in a sur­vey on Mon­day.

The re­port, based on a study of 200 elec­tri­cal re­tail out­lets across ma­jor cities like Mum­bai, Hy­der­abad, Ahmed­abad and New Delhi in July, found the prod­ucts to be spu­ri­ous and riskier, with the high­est num­ber of vi­o­la­tions in the na­tional cap­i­tal. “The spu­ri­ous and non­branded LED prod­ucts are a se­ri­ous threat to not just the or­gan­ised and com­pli­ant mar­ket play­ers but also to the gov­ern­ment’s key pro­grams like Make in In­dia,” the re­port said, re­fer­ring to the gov­ern­ment’s pro­gramme to set up more man­u­fac­tur­ing units in the coun­try.

In Au­gust, the Bureau of In­dian Stan­dards (BIS) had or­dered LED mak­ers to reg­is­ter their prod­ucts with BIS for safety checks, in a mar­ket where smug­gling of Chi­nese prod­ucts is rampant. In­dia is tight­en­ing qual­ity con­trols for con­sumer and cap­i­tal goods, of­fi­cials say, a move that fol­lows calls to curb cheap im­ports from China amid diplo­matic ten­sions be­tween the world’s two most pop­u­lous na­tions over their shared bor­der.

ADG Po­lice Rules Indu Ku­mar Bhushan, who is fre­quently in news for con­tro­ver­sies, has once again fired a salvo; this time at his own brethren. By­pass­ing the state ad­min­is­tra­tive ma­chin­ery, Chief Min­is­ter, and Home Min­is­ter of the state, the se­nior IPS of­fi­cer claims to have writ­ten to Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi and Union Home Min­is­ter Ra­j­nath Singh, com­plain­ing about the dis­pro­por­tion­ate in­crease in as­sets of se­nior IPS of­fi­cers in the state.

Indu Bhushan has named over half a dozen of­fi­cers, in­clud­ing the present DGP Ajit Singh and re­cently re­tired

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