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One Nation One Standard scheme for all products soon

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One Nation One Standard scheme for standardisation of all products in the country will be launched soon, said Union Minister for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Shri Ram Vilas Paswan.

Talking to media persons here on Friday he said that the Department was in the process to implement IS or EU standards for products in India. From September, 2020, BIS officials along with custom officials will examine quality and standard of imported products cargos on 7 Indian ports. Only those products, who meet the prescribed quality standards will be given permission to enter the Indian markets. Presently steel, chemical, heavy machineries and toys holds major share in import list of the country.

The BIS has been working on quality checks for various products. At present QCO’s for 254 products are there and QCO’s for another 268 products under pipeline. D discussion is on with other ministries and departments QC for more products.

The new BIS Act,2017 is more effective in overcoming the new challenges of the economy. The scope of BIS widens through this Act. Department of Consumer Affairs is having discussion with other ministries and department so that they can also issue the certificate of conformity for standardisation of products comes under their prerogative.

Later, taunching an online system of registration and renewal of jewellers and online system of recognition and renewal of the assaying and hallmarking centres here on Friday he said that this online system can be accessed through Bureau of Indian Standards web portal www.manakonline.in.

These online modules will bring ease of doing business for both the jewellers and the entrepreneurs who have established Assaying and Hallmarking Centres or who wish to do so. Hallmarking of precious metals will be mandatory from 1st June 2021.

There will be no human interface in processing applications. Now, Jewellers can apply online and submit required necessary documents and fees for obtaining a license through this online portal. Explaining the moment a jeweler submits the application with the requisite fees, he will be granted registration. A mail and SMS alert will go to him, informing Registration Number, and then he can download and print the Certificate of Registration using the Registration Number.

With hallmarking of gold jewellery and artefacts becoming mandatory, number of jewellers coming forward for registration is expected to go up 5 lakh from the present 31,000. Number of jewellery and artefacts may go up to 10 crore from the present level of 5 crore. This will necessitate increase in the number of Assaying and Hallmarking Centres too. At present, there are 921 centres, located in 234 districts. The BIS has been  working on operationalizing the A and H centers in remaining 480 districts by June, 2021.

Now, the BIS Hallmark will be issued for three categories – 14 carat (14K585), 18(18K750) carat and 22 (22K916) carat only.

The BIS was also working on the module to automate the work-flow of the A and H Centres, which is expected to be ready by December, 2020.

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