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A&H Centres hallmarked more than 17 crore gold jewellery in 1.5 years: Government

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A&H Centres hallmarked more than 17 crore gold jewellery in 1.5 years: Government

NEW DELHI: Union Minister of state for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti on Wednesday said that assaying and hallmarking centres hallmarked more than 17 crore pieces of gold jewellery in 1.5 years.

In a written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha, the minister said that there are 1374 operational gold hallmarking laboratories in the country, as of date.

Jyoti added that hallmarking was made mandatory from 23 June, 2021 only in 256 districts of the country which had at least one recognized Assaying and Hallmarking Centre (AHC). “Effective from 01 June 2022, the ambit of mandatory hallmarking was extended to 32 more districts, making the mandatory hallmarking regime applicable in 288 districts having at least one recognized AHC. The infrastructure is sufficient to cater to the demands of the districts wherein Hallmarking has become mandatory.”

The minister said that setting up of A&H centres is a market driven activity where decision to open an AHC at a particular location is taken by the private entrepreneur based on the demand at that location.

“After the implementation of the mandatory hallmarking order, the number of BIS Recognised Assaying and Hallmarking Centres have increased from 942 to 1374 in the span of 1.5 years,” Jyoti said.

The govt. also provides central assistance to prospective entrepreneurs for ‘Setting up of Gold Assaying and Hallmarking Centres’ in India in locations where no Assaying & Hallmarking Centre (assisted or otherwise) exists.

BIS has also launched the scheme for setting up of Offsite centres (OSC) by the BIS recognised AHCs with the objective to provide the jewellers easy access to the hallmarking facility.

Courtesy: Live Mint

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