No clarity in the hallmarking of jewellery by BIS : GJC

Surat : All India Gems and Jewellery Domestic Council (GJC) has said there is chaos, unrest and lack of clarity in the jewellery industry on the key aspects related to mandatory hallmarking issued by the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS).

GJC stated that three meetings with 20 member expert committee of BIS was held from May 25 to May 29, where they brainstormed all elements that the industry found impractical and needed amendments in the regulations and the Act.

BIS team headed by DG principally agreed to a large majority of the concerns and admitted to having the needful done so that it can be implemented in structured manner as required by BIS legal procedures. He asked the industry to be patient and look forward to clarifications from BIS in this regard.

GJC along with expert committee of hallmarking had detailed meeting with Union Consumer Affairs minister Piyush Goyal and DG BIS Pramod Tiwari, wherein many key concerns pertaining to hallmarking regime were discussed and agreed upon, while mandatory hallmarking was being implemented from June 16, 2021.

Nitin Khandelwal, former chairman, GJC, said, “There is a huge unrest in the industry. The Hallmarking has been made mandatory since June 16, 2021, and till today, there is no clarity on important aspects.”

Khandelwal added, “We are still facing problems and cannot get our jewellery Hallmarked anywhere. Along with earlier approved 3 karatages, 20, 23 and 24 k were also agreed by the Minister and DG BIS, this has not been made part of the order released by BIS while a Gazette is being awaited.”