NEW DELHI || Union Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Ram Vilas Paswan has said that the government would soon issue a notification for mandatory hallmarking of Gold jewellery & artefacts in India providing a period of one year for implementation till January 2021.
Addressing the media, Paswan said that the purpose of making hallmarking mandatory for Gold Jewellery and Artefacts is to ensure that consumers are not cheated while buying gold ornaments and get the purity as marked on the ornaments, they are better informed about the purity of Gold which will now be in only 3 cartage i.e. 14, 18 and 22 and corruption is removed.
Explaining the reasons for the one-year implementation period, Shri Paswan said that this will ensure that Jewellers registration process can be completed and jewellers/retailers get time for clearing their old/existing stock and also so that additional A&H centres can be set up by private entrepreneurs at various locations where demand arises and priority shall be given to districts where such centres are not present.
As on 31st December 2019, there are 892 Assaying and Hallmarking centres spread in 234 District locations across the country and so far 28,849 jewellers have been registered by Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS).
BIS (Hallmarking) Regulations, 2018 were notified w.e.f. 14.06.2018. BIS is running a hallmarking scheme for gold jewellery since April 2000. The BIS Act 2016 has to enable provisions under Section 14 & Section 16 for mandatory hallmarking of Gold jewellery & artefacts by the Central Government.
This will make it compulsory for all the jewellers selling Gold jewellery and artefacts to register with BIS & sell only hallmarked Gold jewellery & artefacts. The draft Quality Control Order (QCO) for mandatory hallmarking of gold jewellery and gold artefacts was hosted on WTO website on 10 October 2019 for comments for a period of 60 days. No comments have been received on the draft QCO.
An awareness campaign on mandatory hallmarking for jewellers and common consumers will be organized at various locations across the country. BIS is also planning to outreach the consumers through social media and other forms, it was informed.