Mandatory Hallmarking of Gold Jewellery and Gold artefacts has been implemented in 256 Districts

Mandatory Hallmarking of Gold Jewellery and Gold artefacts has been implemented in 256 Districts

Government of India

Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Department of Consumer Affairs

RAJYA SABHA 

UNSTARRED QUESTION No. 572
TO BE ANSWERED ON 23.07.2021

HALLMARKING OF GOLD JEWELLERY

Mandatory Hallmarking of Gold Jewellery
572 SHRI K.C. VENUGOPAL

Will  the  Minister  of  CONSUMER  AFFAIRS,  FOOD  AND  PUBLIC DISTRIBUTION be pleased to state:

(a) whether Government has made hallmarking of gold mandatory, if so, details thereof and objective of making it mandatory;

(b) the percentage of gold jewellery that has been certified by Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) under hallmarking scheme during last three years;

(c) whether  Government  has  taken  any  steps  to  protect  interest  of  persons  owning  old jewellery that has not been hallmarked and if so, details thereof; and

(d) whether  Government  plans  to  set  up  a  committee  constituting  representatives  of  all stakeholders to look into issues that could emerge after the implementation of the scheme and if so, details thereof?

ANSWER
THE MINISTER OF STATE
CONSUMER AFFAIRS, FOOD AND PUBLIC DISTRIBUTION

(SHRI ASHWINI KUMAR CHOUBEY)

(a) Yes, Sir. Mandatory hallmarking of gold jewellery and gold artefacts has been implemented in 256 districts across the country having at least one Assaying and Hallmarking centre, through the Hallmarking of Gold Jewellery and Gold Artefacts (Second Amendment) Order, 2021 dated 23 June 2021. Copy of the Order is at Annexure.

The objectives of making hallmarking of gold jewellery mandatory are as under:

  • Consumer protection
  • Customer satisfaction through third party assurance for the marked purity/fineness of gold
  • Enhancing the credibility of gold jewellery, and
  • Develop India as a leading gold market centre in the World

(b) The  number  of  gold  jewellery  articles  hallmarked  by  BIS  recognized  Assaying  & Hallmarking Centres during the last three years is given in table below:

(in crore)

Year

2018-19

2019-20

2020-21

Gold articles hallmarked

4.39

3.77

2.40


(c) The order for Mandatory Hallmarking of gold jewellery and gold artefacts is not applicable to old un-hallmarked jewellery lying with persons. Consumers can sell old un- hallmarked jewellery lying with them to the jewellers, who would then ensure that the jewellery is hallmarked before reselling it.

(d) Yes, Sir. An Advisory Committee comprising officers from the relevant departments and representatives of stakeholders like jewellers, Assaying & Hallmarking Centres, consumer organizations etc. has been constituted by the Government on 30.06.2021 to go through various issues of mandatory hallmarking.

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