Gold jewellery hallmarking becomes mandatory : Paswan

New Delhi January 14 | Updated on January 14, 2020 Published on January 14, 2020

The hallmarking of gold jewellery sold in the country will be made compulsory from tomorrow (Wednesday) but jewellers will get one year to comply with the order, Minister for Consumer Affairs Ram Vilas Paswan said here on Tuesday.

Currently, there are 892 assaying and hallmarking labs in 234 districts of the country and more centres will be set up over the next one year with the help of private entrepreneurs, Paswan told reporters. The Ministry would issue a notification on making hallmarking mandatory on Wednesday, he said.

Once the notification comes into force, only ornaments of 14 Carat, 18 Carat and 22 Carat would be allowed. It would be upon jewellers to get each and every gold artefact that they sell stamped at designated hallmarking centres.

Paswan said the decision to make hallmarking mandatory was taken keeping in mind the benefits to the consumers as well jewellers. Hallmarking protects the public against lower caratage and ensures that consumers do not get cheated while buying gold ornaments and get the purity as marked on the ornaments. So far, 28,849 jewellers have registered to implement the scheme.

Any gold manufacturer or jeweller fails to comply with the hallmarking standard will have to pay a minimum fine of Rs 1 lakh which can go up to five times the price of the article. Besides, there could be a jail term of one year. The punishment will be applicable to the assaying lab also.

According to a Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) official present at the meeting, subsequent to the scheme coming into force, each gold item sold in India will carry four distinct marks. Apart from BIS mark and hallmarking (both caratage and purity), it will have identification mark of assaying lab as well as that of jeweller.


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Published on January 14, 2020
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