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The Center reinstates the exception and exempts ISRO from the explosives rule’s provisions.

Before, the Petroleum and Explosives Safety Organization (PESO), a division of the department for promoting industry and internal commerce, needed ISRO to obtain a licence (DPI).

To encourage ease of doing business, the government has exempted the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) from requiring its consent for the manufacture, storage, use, and transportation of solid propellant for space rockets.

One type of space rocket uses a solid propellant as its primary fuel.

The exemption is subject to some restrictions, according to a DPIIT notification.

According to the notification, “The central government hereby exempts Indian Space Research Organization from the operation of all provisions of the Explosives rule 2008 for manufacturing, storage, use, and transportation of solid propellant for space rockets falling under UN Class I (explosives).

According to the terms, ISRO is required to establish structures for the production, storage, transportation, and use of explosives by the Storage and Transportation of Explosives Committee (STEC) recommendations.

According to the notification, they must also conduct a biannual safety audit of the factories that make solid propellants with a representative from the ministry of defence’s Center for Fire, Explosive and Environment Safety (CFEES).

According to a representative, the action is intended to encourage ease of business.

This exemption, which was in effect before 2008, was demanded by ISRO. The official said that the exemption was removed in 2008 due to changes to the explosives rule, but it has since been reinstated.

The PESO, formerly the Department of Explosives, is a nodal organisation responsible for overseeing the security of dangerous substances like explosives, compressed gas, and petroleum.

The official claimed that ISRO is a top-tier organisation with all the necessary ability to handle such explosives, despite their complicated and delicate composition.

“But only these propellants qualify for this exemption. They must obtain a licence to handle hazardous chemicals, “the representative added.

Reference: https://www.hindustantimes.com/technology/centre-restores-exception-exempts-isro-from-provisions-of-explosives-rule-101669711935757.html

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