Dec 22, 2017

GJF & Other Bodies Oppose UID for Jewellery, Will Discuss Mandatory Hallmarking with BIS

A joint delegation of the All India Gems & Jewellery Trade Federation (GJF) and other industry bodies will approach the BIS to discuss proposals to make hallmarking of gold mandatory across India, before the standards body takes any final decision, and to present the reasons behind their opposition to early implementation of the proposed UID scheme (unique identification) for every individual piece of jewellery.

This was decided at a meeting of all stakeholders, members of industry bodies from All India Gems & Jewellery Trade Federation (GJF), IBJA, SSBC, Coimbatore Jewellery Manufacturer Association, Mr Rajesh Khosla (MMTC PAMP), Mr C R Narsimhan from Tanishq along with members of Indian Association of Hallmarking (IAHC) Centre, which was held on December 21, 2017.

The industry representatives welcomed the hallmarking proposal and held detailed discussions on various issues and concerns regarding the process of implementation. There was general consensus on most issues. It was unanimously resolved that provision of unique identification for each piece of jewellery was not possible in the present circumstances. It will create disruption and disarray as the Industry is not currently geared to go ahead with the same.