Now BIS mark must for gold

The government cleared the Bureau of Indian Standards (Amendment) Bill, 2011 paving the way for introduction of mandatory hallmarking of more products including gold.

At present, about 77 items including cement, mineral water and milk products are certified with mandatory hallmarking under the BIS Act to conform to the quality level of goods and services to consumers.

The cabinet cleared the bill, which seeks to empower the government to make hallmarking mandatory on the grounds of public interest.

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