Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has told the cabinet that the Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka should take action to protect the public from possible accidents which occur from generation, transmission, distribution and supply or the use of electricity according to the Sri Lanka Electricity Act No. 20 of 2009.
He said in a cabinet paper that deaths which occurred in 2012 due to electrocution was 180 which he says is a high number compared to international indicators.
The commission has implemented various awareness programmes and direct interferences to minimize electrocutions by 2020.
Therefore, the total deaths have been minimized to 77 in 2015. However he said the use of various substandard plugs, sockets, electrical accessories, adaptors, and extension cords have caused electrocution and fire.
Hence, considering opinion of professionals, public and relevant institutions, a proposal made by Wickremesinghe, in his capacity as the Minister of National Policies and Economic Affairs, to apply ‘G’ grade as the sole standard for plugs and socket outlets used in Sri Lanka, and to allow the use of currently used plugs and socket outlets which are sold within the next two years (02) to the end of their lifetime, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers. (Colombo Gazette)