The sale of goldjewellery hallmarked without 6-digit code. The government said on Friday that beginning on April 1, the sale of gold jewelryand gold artifacts that have been hallmarked but do not have a six-digit alphanumeric HUID (also known as a unique identification number) will not be permitted.
On Friday, the meeting that was held to assess the work of the Bureau of Indian Standards was presided over by Food and Consumer Affairs Minister Piyush Goyal (BIS).
It has been agreed that the BIS will grant an 80 percent rebate on the certification or minimum marking price across a variety of product certification schemes. This decision was made with the intention of promoting quality culture in smaller-scale organizations.
The hallmarking of gold serves as a certification of the precious metal's high level of purity. Up to the 16th of June in 2021, participation was entirely optional.
Following that, the government made the decision to adopt the mandatory hallmarking of gold in a staggered fashion.
It was made obligatory in 256 districts during the first stage of implementation, and during the second stage, 32 additional districts were added, bringing the total number of districts to 288. There will soon be an additional 51 districts.
According to an official release, "Starting from 1st April 2023, the sale of only gold jewelry with HUID shall be permitted." This was announced in the statement.
According to Nidhi Khare, an extra secretary in the department of consumer affairs, "it has been decided that after March 31st, sale of gold jewelry and gold artifacts hallmarked without HUID will not be permitted." This decision was made "in consumers' interest."
She stated that both four-digit and six-digit versions of the HUID are being used at the present time.
She stated that hallmarked gold jewelry products are being sold all around the country, even in those regions where it is not yet required because of the demand for quality products from consumers.
The Hallmark Unique Identification (HUID) number is a six-digit code that is both numeric and alphabetic in nature.
At the moment of hallmarking, a HUID will be assigned to each individual item of jewelry; this identifier is one-of-a-kind for each individual piece of jewelry.
At the Assaying & Hallmarking Centre, the jewelry is given a hand-stamped mark that contains the one-of-a-kind number (AHC).
Sale of gold jewellery hallmarked without 6-digit code to be banned after March 31
At the meeting, Goyal gave instructions to the BIS to improve the facilities used for testing throughout the country.
It was requested that the BIS improve the frequency of product testing as well as market monitoring depending on the importance of the components used to ensure the safety of consumers.
Also, BIS should enhance the number of times that labs are inspected.
The BIS has been tasked with increasing its market surveillance efforts for a variety of products, including pressure cookers, helmets, and other consumer goods, in order to guarantee the safety of these goods.
The BIS is planning to implement Quality Control Orders (QCO) for a total of 663 different items in the near future. According to the statement, there are 462 different items that are currently covered by QCOs.
According to the statement:
In an effort to promote quality culture in micro-scale units, BIS is providing an 80 percent concession on the certification/minimum marking fee across various product certification schemes of BIS.- Quality Control Orders
This concession applies to all of the product certification schemes that BIS offers.
In addition, properties situated in the north-eastern United States will continue to be eligible for a discount of an additional 10%.
According to what Goyal said:
We are committed to ensuring that all products in India meet the highest quality and safety standards.- Goyal
These measures shall promote micro-scale units, enhance the testing infrastructure, and develop a culture of quality consciousness among citizens, he added.