GJF Op­poses BIS’ Pro­posed Hall­mark­ing Cer­ti­card

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The All In­dia Gems & Jew­ellery Trade Fed­er­a­tion (GJF) has op­posed a pro­posal of the Bureau of In­dian Stan­dards (BIS) to is­sue a cer­ti­card for ev­ery piece of jew­ellery sold by re­tail­ers in met­ro­pol­i­tan cities.

In a let­ter to the min­is­ter of con­sumer af­fairs, K.V. Thomas, the GJF chair­man Haresh Soni has called the pro­posed BIS hall­mark­ing move cum­ber­some, im­prac­ti­cal, ex­pen­sive and time-con­sum­ing, and earnestly re­quested the pol­icy mak­ers to take the jew­ellery in­dus­try into con­fi­dence while fram­ing rules or chang­ing them.

Soni said, “The GJF has al­ways co­op­er­ated with the BIS but the pro­posed move to make jew­ellers in met­ros is­sue a cer­ti­card with each piece of jew­ellery along with its pho­to­graph and unique iden­ti­fi­ca­tion mark is highly un­vi­able and not cus­tomer-friendly. The cost of each piece of jew­ellery will in­crease due to the ad­di­tional cost bur­den of H125- 150 for is­su­ing one cer­ti­card. In the case of mass pro­duced jew­ellery, it is im­pos­si­ble to hall­mark ev­ery piece of jew­ellery and is­sue a cer­ti­card for each.”

Soni noted that it would be an up­hill task for the jew­eller to main­tain thou­sands of such cer­tifi­cates in jew­ellery stores and re­trieve the same at the time of de­liv­ery of the prod­uct to the cus­tomer. He added that the process will dis­cour­age jew­ellers from hall­mark­ing jew­ellery as it is ex­pen­sive... which may lead to un­healthy prac­tices.

In his let­ter, Soni also pointed out that the BIS had formed two com­mit­tees to im­prove the hall­mark­ing sys­tem in the coun­try, but the first meet­ing of the above com­mit­tees were held separately on two dif­fer­ent dates. He rec­om­mended that the two BIS com­mit­tees should be merged and a joint meet­ing should be held so as to get a com­plete pic­ture of the sit­u­a­tion on the ground.

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