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Online registration, licence renewal of gold hallmarking centers launched

Consumer Affairs Minister Ram Vilas Paswan on Friday launched an online system for registration and renewal of licence of gold assaying and hallmarking centres.

The online mode will bring ease of doing business for both the jewellers and entrepreneurs who have established hallmarking centres or wish to do so.

Currently, gold hallmarking is voluntary in nature. However, it will be made mandatory from June 2021. Gold sold by jewellers will need to have 'hallmark' quality certification.

Presently, there are 921 hallmarking centres located in 234 districts.

"With hallmarking of gold jewellery and artefacts becoming mandatory, the number of jewellers coming forward for registration is expected to go to 5 lakh from the present level of about 31,000," Paswan told reporters after the virtual launch.

The online system will ensure that applications to set up a new centre or renew the existing licence can be submitted online.

Entire process of recognition, which involves audit of the centres, submission of audit reports and grant of recognition or renewal, has been automated, he said.

Courtesy - The Business Standard

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