Petroleum and Explosives Safety Organisation (PESO) under the Ministry of Commerce & Industry completed 123 years of service on Wednesday.On January 11, 2020, blocks of flats on the lakeshores of Maradu were demolished under the supervision of PESO. After a Supreme Court order held the structures to be illegal, the demolition of the first three blocks of flats was done in a matter of minutes.
During COVID-19 pandemic, PESO has played a key role in ensuring the supply of medical oxygen. The Department of Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) under the Ministry of Commerce and Industry has already set up a monitoring mechanism for the maintenance of an adequate supply of medical oxygen.
This monitoring mechanism is overviewing state-wise situation with regard to the availability of medical oxygen to end-users. They ensure that there is no disruption in the production, transportation and supply of medical oxygen and maintain production in close coordination with the manufacturers of medical oxygen and cylinders. PESO has also nominated 20 officers as state-wise nodal officers for all the states and Union Territories.
The Explosives Department came into being with the appointment of Major CA Muspratt Williams as the Chief Inspector of Explosives on September 9, 1898. This was preceded by the promulgation of the Indian Explosives Act 1884 on February 26, 1884. In 2005, the Department of Explosives was renamed as Petroleum and Explosives Safety Organisation (PESO).