India should have mandatory 'corrosion audit': Experts

Mumbai: India should have mandatory 'Corrosion Audit' in every segment of the industry so that the annual estimated direct loss of over Rs2 lakh crore due to corrosions in terms of resources, energy and life could be drastically reduced, reports PTI quoting experts.

"If a legislation is passed to provide corrosion audit once in two years by large industries, the corrosion cost can be arrived in each segment," experts said at the concluding session of 'CORCON Corrosion Conference'.

The legislation will provide continuous information of corrosion cost in each segment to manage it and save assets of the nation, Rajan Bahri, spokesperson of the Indian chapter of National Association of Corrosion Engineers (NACE) International told media last night.

The Indian chapter of NACE International will soon move for legislation for mandatory 'Corrosion Audit' just like accounts audit so that the country can systematically work out preventing losses due to corrosion in several sectors, he said.

To find the cost of corrosion, a suitable legislation has been adopted by the US Congress as confirmed by past president of NACE International Mark Byerley.

Another legislation for appointing corrosion officers at the site of every infrastructure is also aided by the state department.

The yearly loss in the US due to corrosion was found to be $276 billion in a study done by the US National Highway Authority in 2001, Mr Byerley said.

The CORCON conference was held in Goa from September 23 to 26.

The mission of NACE and International Gate of India Section (NIGIS) is to protect people, assets, environment and resources from the effect of corrosion.

"We also want to bring to the notice of the public the knowledge of the loss due to corrosion, which is much more than any other calamity in terms of resources of the country," patron in chief of CORCON and chairman, Atomic Energy Commission Dr S Banerjee said.

Mr Banerjee, who is also a metallurgist, emphasised that losses due to corrosion are not just economic losses but the loss of resources.

"Be it in agriculture, be it Mandovi bridge or any building collapse or bursting of oil pipe in California, corrosion plays a crucial role and scientific ways to prevent and adopting alternate solutions are important," he said.

NACE International has hundreds of standards, which have to be adopted in every country, he added.

NACE has brought in a totality of corrosion science and technology and Indian scientists are committed and they have developed lot of solutions and should be judiciously applied in preventing corrosion, including in the power, oils sectors.

The NIGIS has trained about 1,000 people in India and NACE about 26,000 worldwide in multi-disciplinary aspect on corrosion and they can be appointed as corrosion officers, Mr Bahri said.


Reliance Capital plans to tap banking space: Anil Ambani

Mumbai: With the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) throwing open a discussion on granting new banking licences, the Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group (ADAG) today said it plans to enter the banking business through group firm Reliance Capital, reports PTI.

"We have always regarded banking as a high-priority sector with huge potential opportunity, and are evaluating the different options contained in the (RBI's proposed) guidelines," group chairman Anil Ambani said at the Annual General Meeting of Reliance Capital here.

He was referring to a discussion paper recently floated by RBI on grant of new banking licenses.

"It has always been our ambition to create a world-class bank," Mr Ambani, chairman of Reliance Capital, said.

"The Reserve Bank of India has recently come out with a discussion paper, containing revised guidelines for the grant of a banking licence," he said.

"These guidelines outline a number of different licensing options for a company such as ours, namely, conversion, promotion or acquisition," Mr Ambani told Reliance Capital shareholders at the company's 24th AGM.

Underlining the need for more banks in the country, he said that there were not enough bank branches or even ATMs to cater to the entire population.

"A strong, vibrant economy needs a sound and efficient financial system. Our financial institutions and markets must become truly inclusive so that they reach out to ordinary men and women and help them achieve their financial goals.

"In common with many other sectors of the economy, there is much to be done here," he said, adding that India was a country of over 6 lakh villages but our largest bank has only 14,000 branches.

"In fact, the ATMs of all banks taken together do not cross the 6-lakh number," he said.

Reliance Capital, which has presence in a host of financial services segments such as mutual fund, insurance and non-banking finance, has been interested for a long time in setting up a bank.


M&A norms for insurance sector soon: IRDA chief

Mumbai: Hinting at a major overhaul in the regulations for insurance sector, the Insurance Regulatory and Development Agency (IRDA) today said it will soon come out with merger and acquisition (M&A) norms for insurers and initial public offer (IPO) guidelines are already on the way, reports PTI.

At the same time, IRDA also favoured portability in the health insurance space, a move that will pave the way for the consumers to switch from one insurer to the other for their mediclaim policies.

Speaking to reporters at an insurance conference here, IRDA chairman J Hari Narayan said that IPO norms for the life insurance companies are expected very shortly from the capital market regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI).
At the same time, IRDA is working on M&A norms for the insurance companies and these guidelines could be announced soon, he said.
In another move aimed at benefiting the consumers, Mr Hari Narayan said that IRDA wanted portability to be introduced in the health insurance space.
Once implemented, these norms would allow consumers to switch their insurers for their health insurance policies, just like mobile number portability (MNP) that allows the telecom subscribers to switch their service provider while retaining the mobile number.
Although proposed for quite some time, the mobile number portability is yet to be implemented in the country.



Keshav B Bhat

7 years ago

Dear Sir,

How coud the portability of healt insurace can be applied unless all the insurars have the same U/R norms and same or common features/covers in their products. I feel It is meaningless to talk about potability unless a common product is brought in to the market. All these type of talks and propaganda will only result in more and more people getting cofused about MEDICLAIM. Today it is a fashion to become famous by making unmindful alligations about insurars and advisors instead of making the people to understand the necesity of insurance and impotance of taking the cover when people are healthy to gain the benifit later in life when they are in need.
Keshav B Bhat

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