Hallmarking Of Gold Jewellery & Artefacts To Be Mandatory From 15 January 2020

The Union Minister for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Ram Vilas Paswan today announced that Gold Hallmarking will be made mandatory across the nation from 15 January 2020. Addressing media after the announcement, Ram Vilas Paswan said that Hallmarking of Gold Jewellery & Artefacts is being made mandatory in India for which a notification will be taken out by the Department of Consumer Affairs and a period of one year will be given for implementation to ensure that new A&H centres will be set up by private entrepreneurs at locations where demand of Gold Jewellery and artefacts arises ;completion of the registration process of jewellers and one year time for retailers of jewellery to clear their existing stocks. The Minister said that hallmarking will benefit the poor people in villages and small towns who are not able to make out the purity of gold they have been buying.

The BIS (Bureau of Indian standards) Act 2016 has enabling provisions under Section 14 & Section 16 for making hallmarking of gold jewellery and artefacts mandatory by the Central Government. This will make it compulsory for all the jewellers selling gold jewellery and artefacts to register with BIS and sell only hallmarked Gold jewellery and artefacts. The draft Quality Control Order for mandatory hallmarking of gold jewellery and artefacts has been hosted on WTO website on 10th October 2019 for comments for a period of 60 days.

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