JAMMU, June 14: To implement the Government decision of making all gold jewellery bear hallmark from June 16 onwards, the team of Sarafa Association Jammu Province (SAJP) led by its President Raman Suri and comprising of the office bearers Rakesh Mahajan Senior Vice President, Deepak Jain Vice President, Vijay Kumar Verma General Secretary, Sumit Handa 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 RC Dass, Scientist-D and Head, Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) Jammu and Kashmir at the BIS Office, Bari Brahmana Jammu.
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.
BIS officials assured the team of 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.