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  • Govt likely to take decision on mandatory hallmarking gold jewelry

    Published on October 15, 2011

    The government is likely to take a decision on mandatory hallmarking of gold jewelry in three months. Hallmarking will guarantee the purity or fineness of the precious metal. Currently, the Bureau of Indian Standard, BIS hallmarking scheme for gold jewelry is voluntary in nature.

    Union Minister of State for Consumer Affairs Prof. K. V. thomas said this while talking to reporters on the sidelines of a function in New Delhi. Prof. Thomas said that he has asked the agency, BIS which is under his Ministry to look into the option of mandatory hallmarking of gold.

    Our correspondent reports that at present, about 77 items, including cement, mineral water and milk products, are certified through mandatory hallmarking under the BIS Act for conformity with expected quality levels.