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Indian Government to Ban Sale of GJ & Artefacts Without Unique Identification Number from April 1st.

Sale of gold jewellery and artefacts without the unique identification number (HUID) will not be permitted from April 1, the Indian government announced on Friday. The decision was taken during a meeting chaired by the Food and Consumer Affairs Minister to review the activities of the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS).

The BIS will provide an 80% concession on the certification/minimum marking fee across various product certification schemes to promote quality culture in micro-scale units. In the first phase of implementation, mandatory hallmarking was introduced in 256 districts, and an additional 32 districts were added in the second phase, taking the total to 288 districts. A further 51 districts will be added. BIS has been directed to enhance market surveillance for different products such as pressure cookers and helmets to ensure product safety.

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