In continuation with the ongoing efforts by Trader's Association of Information & Technology (TAIT) regarding BIS issue, TAIT formed a core committee headed by Champak Raj Gurjar along with Viren Bavishi, Tejas Sheth, Pitambar Ahuja, Nikit Rambhia and Shrenik Shah.
TAIT spokesperson informed that on Monday September 23, Champak Raj Gurjar and other committee members met Arun Sachdeva, sr director, Deptt. Of Electronics and IT, Govt of India, at New Delhi. The committee discussed at length with Sachdeva about the various hurdles faced by IT channels due to compulsory BIS.
Elaborating upon the pain points of BIS, Pravin Dhoka, director and media spokesperson, TAIT said, "Irony is, when almost all the components are already tested under various safety and other International standards like UL/TUV/CE/FCC and many more at the manufacturing units. Following which, they are shipped with all these certificates and norms. Still, DeitY is insisting for Compulsory Testing and Certification (CRO) of Finished Products, which is grossly illogical, unjust and unnecessary."
He further added, "This also amount to creating monopoly at the hands of overseas manufacturer, without whose authorization, no one can import any of the products covered under this order. It is also understood that many more items are expected to be included in this list for compulsory registration."
Highlighting an interesting point, Dhoka said, "It is also surprising that till date no IT equipment has ever been noticed to harm public safety as such but they are included in the list of products. However, mobile phones are known for accidents and in certain cases are causing human casualties not included in compulsory list."
Sharing insights from the DeitY meeting, Dhoka informed that according to Sachdeva, department. has got conflicting representation from MNCs and from local trade bodies. On one hand, MNCs want to include even desktop machines to the list of Compulsory Registration, Local Bodies naturally is requesting for exemption of AIO/ Thin Clients/ NoteBooks etc in addition to desktops.
Dhoka informs, "The procedure for Registration/Certification is too cumbersome and charges levied by Test Labs/ BIS departments are exorbitant which may not be economically viable for small and medium SI partners. They will have to shut down their operations and lakhs of individuals will be jobless."
The committee also met Milind Deora, Honorable State minister for IT & Communications at his Mumbai office and explained him the difficulties and anomalies involved with 'Compulsory Registration Order-2012'. Dhoka informs, "Milind Deora has assured to look into this and will discuss with the concerned officials. Also, he has also asked for the detailed presentation on BIS issue from the Trade and Small Industries."
Going ahead, TAIT spokesperson states, "It would be important to note here, that neither any Local Trade Body, all across India were taken into confidence nor were they informed before this order was put into effect. It seems Dept. kept MAIT updated, which is mainly represented by MNCs only. The fact of the matter is, traders and systems integrators who 'Store these Goods for Sale' are also responsible for any non-compliance!"
TAIT is trying to reach out to all IT associations across the country. In fact, people involved with IT trade all across India are nervous and looking forward to authorities for relief from this killer order said Dhokha. He further added, "Since, there is a sort of assurance from Milind Deora, we are quite hopeful and waiting for the quick result."
Dhoka urges that it is in the best interest of trade, industry and consumer to make BIS registration an optional procedure. At least for a year, let consumer experience the difference between BIS certified and other products and decide what they want to buy.