The hallmarking of gold jewellery and artefacts will now be mandatory. Briefing media in New Delhi yesterday, Food and Consumer Affairs Minister Ram Vilas Paswan said that the government will issue a notification today regarding mandatory hallmarking. He said, after the issuance the notification, the jewellers will get one year time till 15th of January 2021 to implement the order. He said,now the Hallmarked Gold Jewellery will be available in three grades of 14 Carat, 18 Carat and 22 Carat.

Mr Paswan said, the new system will weed out anomalies and corruption in the system of manufacturing of jewellery and hallmarking will protect the interest of the consumers.
Mr Paswan said, there are 892 Assaying and Hallmarking Centres are operational in 234 Districts of the country. He said, the focus will be to open more such Centres in the country in the next one year. Under it, all the Jewellers will have to register with Bureau of Indian Standards and over 28 thousand jewellers have already registered with it. He said, there is also a provision of penal action in case of violation of the order. Anybody found violating the provision, will have to pay a minimum fine of Rs 1 lakh or 5 times the price of the article. 

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