The Investor Sentiment - Equity and investments forum for Sri Lankans
Search
 
 

Display results as :
 


Rechercher Advanced Search

Latest topics
» Thread for News on CSE and SL Economy
Today at 8:03 am by ruwan326

» Dividend Announcement
Yesterday at 11:13 pm by Afourer

» MTD WALKERS - KAPI
Fri Feb 22, 2019 8:33 am by ruwan326

» SHL.N0000 (Softlogic Holdings PLC)
Wed Feb 20, 2019 8:23 am by ruwan326

» Importance of 2019 government budget
Tue Feb 19, 2019 12:13 pm by කිත්සිරි ද සිල්වා

» Emir of Qatar on a private visit to Sri Lanka till February 22
Tue Feb 19, 2019 11:19 am by Backstage

» SAMP.N0000 (SAMPATH BANK PLC)
Tue Feb 19, 2019 5:26 am by lanka

» Happy Birthday
Mon Feb 18, 2019 12:27 pm by smallville

» දේවදත්තගෙන් අපායේ සිට මෛත්‍රී බුදුන් වහන්සේට එවන ලද ලිපිය...~~~
Fri Feb 15, 2019 8:24 am by ruwan326

» REXP.N0000 ( RICHARD PIERIS EXPORTS PLC)
Fri Feb 15, 2019 4:57 am by serene

» CONN.N0000
Wed Feb 13, 2019 8:09 pm by ruwan326

» SERV - The Kingsbury
Wed Feb 13, 2019 8:08 pm by ruwan326

» TPL.N0000 (TALAWAKALE PLANTATIONS )
Wed Feb 13, 2019 7:53 pm by ruwan326

» KVAL.N0000
Wed Feb 13, 2019 7:36 pm by ruwan326

» MGT.N0000
Wed Feb 13, 2019 7:29 pm by ruwan326

» HAYC - Haycarb
Wed Feb 13, 2019 7:24 pm by ruwan326

» DIPD.N0000 (Dipped Products)
Wed Feb 13, 2019 7:22 pm by ruwan326

» HAYL.N0000 Hayleys PLC
Wed Feb 13, 2019 7:16 pm by ruwan326

» අනං මනං! #/+?.<>
Wed Feb 13, 2019 7:55 am by කිත්සිරි ද සිල්වා

» මහජනතාව බල ගැන්වෙම්න් සිටී…
Tue Feb 12, 2019 8:23 pm by ruwan326

» VFIN - where the journey leads it?
Mon Feb 11, 2019 7:35 pm by ruwan326

» PLC.N0000 ( People's Leasing and Fiance PLC)
Mon Feb 11, 2019 7:31 pm by ruwan326

» LFIN - LB Finance
Mon Feb 11, 2019 7:25 pm by ruwan326

» Sri Lanka urged to develop own narrative of China’s BRI
Mon Feb 11, 2019 2:50 pm by Backstage

» Wonder why men send photos of their genitals? Here are some theories
Mon Feb 11, 2019 11:01 am by Backstage

» Flying is the Safest mode of Transport
Sat Feb 09, 2019 8:12 am by කිත්සිරි ද සිල්වා

» LLUB.N0000 (CHEVRON LUBRICANTS LANKA PLC)
Thu Feb 07, 2019 2:24 pm by Ethical Trader

» Lanka named top tourist destination for 2016
Wed Feb 06, 2019 2:29 pm by කිත්සිරි ද සිල්වා

» A Bit of History
Wed Feb 06, 2019 2:18 pm by ruwan326

» AMF.N0000
Thu Jan 31, 2019 6:56 am by serene

» IOC Sri Lanka unit December quarter loss widens to Rs987mn
Mon Jan 28, 2019 11:02 am by ruwan326

» මූර්ත පොළියෙන් ශ්‍රී ලංකාව අංක 1ට – බ්ලූම්බර්ග් අනාවරණය කරයි
Mon Jan 21, 2019 7:18 pm by nihal123

» Obituary Notice.
Mon Jan 21, 2019 7:14 am by කිත්සිරි ද සිල්වා

» Trading Journal
Sun Jan 20, 2019 5:53 am by serene

» LDEV - Lankem Developments
Fri Jan 18, 2019 2:11 pm by ruwan326

» විශිෂ්ඨ සිල්ලර වෙළෙන්දෙකුගේ ජීවිත කතාව
Thu Jan 17, 2019 12:15 pm by Ethical Trader

» AAIC.N0000
Wed Jan 16, 2019 9:50 pm by serene

» இனிய பொங்கல்
Tue Jan 15, 2019 9:15 pm by nihal123

» HUNA.N0000
Mon Jan 14, 2019 5:29 pm by Ethical Trader

» Blessing in Disguise!! It's high time Brothers!!
Sun Jan 13, 2019 11:35 am by serene

» Thread for News on Local and Foreign Politics
Sat Jan 12, 2019 8:26 am by ruwan326

» කෝටි 4620 ක බැඳුම්කර නීතියට පිටින් ශ‍්‍රී ලංකන්ට දීලා
Mon Jan 07, 2019 6:18 pm by Ethical Trader

» JINS.N0000 ( Janashakthi Insurance PLC)
Sun Jan 06, 2019 1:12 pm by smallville

» Thread for News on International Markets
Fri Jan 04, 2019 9:40 am by The Invisible

» අවුරුද්ද අප කයි - අපි අවුරද්ද කමු (ජනවාරි පළමුවැනිදා)
Tue Jan 01, 2019 6:23 pm by malanp

» සැන්ඩි එපා!
Tue Jan 01, 2019 6:01 pm by serene

» අසිරිමත් සුබ නව වසරකට ආසිරි !
Tue Jan 01, 2019 5:08 pm by PANTOMATH

»  වසරක කාලය තුළ ඉන්දියාවේ ඉහළම ආදායම් ලාභීන්
Mon Dec 31, 2018 2:47 am by nihal123

» අයදුමේ දී ඡායාරූප ‘ඇලවීම‘ අවශ්‍ය නැති ජාතික හැඳුනුම්පත ජනවාරි 01 සිට දිවයිනටම
Sun Dec 30, 2018 9:37 pm by lanka

» මැදපෙරදිගට පමණක්‘ පාස්පෝට් මින් ඉදිරියට නැහැ
Thu Dec 27, 2018 5:18 pm by Ethical Trader

February 2019
SunMonTueWedThuFriSat
     12
3456789
10111213141516
17181920212223
2425262728  

Calendar Calendar

Disclaimer


Information posted in this forum are entirely of the respective members' personal views. The views posted on this open online forum of contributors do not constitute a recommendation buy or sell. The site nor the connected parties will be responsible for the posts posted on the forum and will take best possible action to remove any unlawful or inappropriate posts.
All rights to articles of value authored by members posted on the forum belong to the respective authors. Re-using without the consent of the authors is prohibited. Due credit with links to original source should be given when quoting content from the forum.
This is an educational portal and not one that gives recommendations. Please obtain investment advises from a Registered Investment Advisor through a stock broker

Sri Lanka to standardize power sockets as 'square pin' from next year

Go down

Sri Lanka to standardize power sockets as 'square pin' from next year

Post by AjithR on Mon Nov 16, 2015 4:26 pm


Nov 16, 2015 07:29 AM GMT+0530 | 1 Comment(s)



ECONOMYNEXT - Sri Lanka's power regulator is planning to standardise electrical plugs and sockets in Sri Lanka as the 13 Ampere 'square pin' type and ban the import and manufacture of alternative units from 2016.

At the moment a confusing array of plugs and sockets are in use in Sri Lanka requiring different adapters, while the quality of some of the accessories are also in doubt, making them unsafe.

The power regulator, the Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka has published a consultation paper on standardizing plugs and sockets, and had already sought and received public views on the proposed plan.

Many countries have a single or dual standard. The square pin or 'Type G' which are safer and provides a better fit than round pin plugs. Experts caution that using multi-plugs are also not safe.

Time Line

The PUC proposes to ban the import to Sri Lanka or manufacture of electrical appliances with plugs other than the 'type G' or 'square pin' from May 01, 2016.

The sale of such appliances will be banned from May 01, 2017, with any remaining stocks to be sold after being replaced with a square pin plug.

Double insulated electrical appliance that are now sold with a 'two pin' plug will have to be sold in the future with a 'square pin' plug containing a dummy pin for the earth wire.

The regulator proposes to ban the import or manufacture of sockets other than 'type G' sockets from May 01, 2016. The sale of such sockets will be banned, a year later from May 01, 2017.

As a transitional arrangement the regulator also proposes manufacturers to produce a specially marked 'square pin' plug to replace existing sockets wired for 5 Amperes, when old sockets need to be replaced.

Any wall sockets already fixed will be allowed to remain until the end of their useful lives.

But all new wiring of new house, re-wiring of old houses or extensions after 01 May 2016 should only have square pin sockets, with a thicker (more expensive) load wire.

State backed high prices

In Sri Lanka all houses have many so-called 5 Ampere plugs (round pin) wired with cheaper 1.044 cables with only a few 13 or 15A sockets and circuits.

Power cables prices in Sri Lanka are artificially kept up as manufacturers have lobbied politicians to push up import taxes to eliminate competition and exploit customers with high process to earn extra high profits or rents.

In Sri Lanka, bad quality imports of all types of building materials is also promoted by the State which is charging high import taxes to artificially boost the market share and profits nationalist politically-savvy domestic producers.

High taxes to block imports also force the import of low quality materials - including factory rejects - putting better quality products out of reach of the poorest consumers.

Though copper and polymer prices have collapsed over the last few years, along with steel, precious metals and oil, import taxes have helped keep the price of electrical wiring costs high.

While standardizing building wiring codes, or setting minimum safety standards for accessories or the future import of standardized electrical appliances can help promote safety and ease of use, freedom advocates say regulators who wield coercive power should think carefully about 'banning' the import of multi-plugs, convertor adaptors or any other item.

Unlike Sri Lanka's Treasury which hatches taxes in secret and unleashes them through mid-night gazettes through a 'minister's prerogative' (see Royal Prerogative) like a latter day feudal state, the PUCSL goes to great lengths to seek public consultations like a parliament in a free country.

Economic analysts say once wiring the import of electrical goods with 'square pin' plugs is made mandatory, there is likely to be a surge in demand for 'square to round pin' adapters in the country.

Unintended Consequences

If the import and sale of 'round to square pin' adaptors is banned, a large 'black market' may develop and an entire population could be put in difficulties and a 'victimless crime' may enter the statute books if sellers are raided and punished by the consumer affairs authority.

The poor who are unable to get friends from abroad to bring such convertor plugs or buy convertor adaptors on e-bay may be the hardest hit.

There will also be a surge in demand for the specially marked 05 amp square pin sockets that will replace existing 5A sockets which break or wear off, giving a captive market to domestic manufacturers.

Since manufacturers in the power sector have a record of oppressing consumers with high prices and protectionism, the regulator should take special care to ensure that consumers who will now be cornered are not exploited again, freedom advocates say.

Despite the best intentions to have special instruction on the square pin 5-amp socket, it could also turn out to be a major safety problem. Different pin sizes are used in different plugs to make it physically impossible for careless users to mistake sockets.

Freedom advocates say ideally the regulator should only impose the building code, making the 'square pin' plugs mandatory in wiring regulation.

The State should then expand freedoms of the people to follow the regulation, by bringing the import taxes on 13 amp cables to the level of a free country to enable people to follow the regulation at the least cost.

Over time the entire market will then move to the import and sale of 'square pin' type products and the demand for adaptors would gradually diminish without any further state interventions with un-intended consequences such as a 'ban' which could infringe on the personal economic freedoms of the people and put them in difficulties.

Grandfathered

Allowing existing wiring to remain for their useful lives, a legislating tactic known as 'grandfathering' is a good practice for regulators who want to promote just rule of law and freedom to follow.

However banning the import of convertor adaptors could undermine the freedom, just rule and good intentions of the 'grandfathering move' as people will not be able to make use of the old sockets if convertor adaptors are banned.

If convertor adaptors are banned, people will be coerced to buy the specially marked sockets for reasons that have nothing to do with safety.

Sri Lanka has already been hard hit by state interventions, restrictions of freedoms and is emerging from a civil war was also partly triggered created due to excessive nationalism and intervention in language and other freedoms of the people.

The regulator may also have to use the 'import and export control act' enacted in 1969 before the economy was closed, to impose the new rules. There already been calls for the draconian act to be repealed to expand people's freedom and the country's progress.

Other than to impose essential safety standards, the import and export control act should be sparingly used until it is reformed or repealed, freedom advocates say.

Before setting quality standards regulators should also examine whether there are any import duties that force people to import and consume lower quality goods. (Colombo/Nov16/2015).
http://www.economynext.com/Sri_Lanka_to_standardize_power_sockets_as__square_pin__from_next_year-3-3507-8.html
AjithR
AjithR

Posts : 258
Join date : 2014-09-15

Back to top Go down

Re: Sri Lanka to standardize power sockets as 'square pin' from next year

Post by කිත්සිරි ද සිල්වා on Mon Nov 16, 2015 7:17 pm

Thanks Ajith.
(Good and wise move).

_________________
I am the wisest man alive, for I know one thing, and that is that I know nothing.
Socrates
කිත්සිරි ද සිල්වා
කිත්සිරි ද සිල්වා
Top contributor
Top contributor

Posts : 7683
Join date : 2014-02-23
Age : 61
Location : රජ්ගම

Back to top Go down

Re: Sri Lanka to standardize power sockets as 'square pin' from next year

Post by pjrngroup on Mon Nov 16, 2015 11:09 pm

Something good happening. thanks for sharing the info.

pjrngroup

Posts : 332
Join date : 2015-11-01

Back to top Go down

Re: Sri Lanka to standardize power sockets as 'square pin' from next year

Post by malanp on Tue Nov 17, 2015 7:41 am

few have awaken , another 20m in deep sleep..

malanp

Posts : 443
Join date : 2014-03-04

Back to top Go down

Re: Sri Lanka to standardize power sockets as 'square pin' from next year

Post by Hybrid on Tue Nov 17, 2015 8:02 am

Whatever the changes in the import regulations the government should ensure that the common man can get a SQUARE MEAL and well ROUNDED living standards.

Taxes are not to be a wealthy nation but to ensure equality and subsistence.
Hybrid
Hybrid

Posts : 745
Join date : 2015-02-03
Location : Colombo

Back to top Go down

Back to top


 
Permissions in this forum:
You cannot reply to topics in this forum