GJF Opposes BIS’ Proposed Hallmarking Certicard
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.