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JAMMU: To ensure the hallmarking of gold jewellery in order to protect the public against lower cartage and also ensure that customers do not get cheated while buying gold ornaments and get the exact purity as marked on the ornaments, Sarafa Association Jammu Province (SAJP) has decided to follow the government guidelines set forth by Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) but urged the Union Government to carry out certain amendments in the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) Act for the overall interest of customers as well as jewellers.To implement the government decision of making all gold jewellery bear hallmark from June 16 onwards, the team of SAJP led by its President Raman Suriand comprising of the office bearers Rakesh Mahajan (Sr. Vice President), Deepak Jain (Vice President), Vijay Kumar Verma (General Secretary), SumitHanda (Secretary), Surinder Kumar Jain (Treasurer), Advisors Vijay Saraf, Ajay Talla, Darshan Lal Dhalla, Sanjay Jain, Chaman Lal Khajuria, Rajesh Sawhney and Executive Members Ankur Suri, Aman Jain, Jugal Kishore Babbar, Vishal Jain and Rajiv Jain, met R. C Dass, Scientist-D & Head, Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) Jammu and Kashmir at the BIS Office, Bari Brahmana, here.They apprised him of the teething issues confronting jewellers in the Union Territory (UT).The team also apprised the officials that jewellers are voluntarily coming forward for the purity certification of Gold through hallmarking but they need a few weeks to get themselves registered and start the branding processes.The team also apprised the BIS officials about their resolve to bring in massive changes as desired by the Union Government in larger interest of the public but spelled out their concern over lack of infrastructure.They said that out of 20 districts in Jammu and Kashmir, only two districts are having testing laboratories and hallmarking offices.They also added that lack of computer and related knowledge is also a huge hindrance in implementing the orders immediately.Raman Suri said that several jewellers in Jammu and Kashmir are already selling Hallmark jewellery and the remaining ones will also begin adhering to the government norms in shortest possible time frame.He assured that like rest of the country, Jewellers in Jammu and Kashmir have also started their registration with BIS and the moment it is completed, they will start selling hallmarked jewellery.He urged the authorities to begin the process of establishing new hallmarking centres in all other districts to facilitate the jewellers and ease the process.Raman added that gold hallmarking is basically a purity certification of the precious metal and mandatory hallmarking basically means that jewellers will now be able to sell only hallmarked jewellery certified in three caratages 14, 18 and 22 till now, though some more may be added by the Government soon, and added that customers need to check whether the jewellery they are buying is hallmarked or not.The jewellers in Jammu and Kashmir, he added, want to adhere to the government guidelines and help consumers get pure gold ornaments.“Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS), which is responsible and authorised to carry out the hallmarking of gold jewellery, will be approached to issue license and registration number, as required before getting the jewellery hallmarked. It has now become mandatory for all jewellers to hallmark gold jewellery so that customers who go to buy gold, don’t feel cheated and get pure ornaments only”, he informed, saying that SAJP is committed to give consumers pure gold jewellery at any cost.Once all the jewellers in Jammu and Kashmir are granted licenses and certifications, customers will be able to check whether it is hallmarked gold or not, and for that the client will be free to look at the four hallmark signs or symbols that include BIS Mark, Purity in Carat or Fineness like 22K/916, 18K/750, 14K/585or more as may be notified by Government later,Identification Mark or Number of the Hallmarking Centre, and Identification Mark or Logo of the Jeweller.BIS officials assured the teamof Sarafa Association Jammu Province that every possible help will be rendered to set up BIS centres or get the jewellery certified and facilitate jewellers in their endeavour to adopt to new standards.
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