The Government has launched an online system for issuing Bureau of Indian Standard or BIS certificates to jewellers and hallmarking centres in the wake of a likely increase in the number of applications for the certificate. The system was launched on Monday.
The digital solutions for registration and renewal process for licenses for jewellers and for recognition and renewal of Assaying and Hallmarking (AH) Centres have been made for providing ease of doing business, a government release said.
The government has made it mandatory for jewellers to hallmark the precious metals. The requirement for a mandatory hallmarking would increase the number of applications for BIS certificate as per the government assessment.
The online system enables the jewellers to submit the application for registration and fees online a government release said, quoting Union Minister of State for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, Danve Raosaheb Dadarao.
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In this system there will be no human interface in processing the applications, Dadarao said in a written reply in Rajya Sabha. The moment a jeweller submits the application with the requisite fees, he will be granted registration, the Minister had said.
For Assaying and Hallmarking Centres, the online system will ensure that applications to start a new centre or renew the existing license can be submitted online, the release said. Entire process of recognition, which involves audit of the centres, submission of audit report, and grant of recognition or renewal, has been automated.
The applicant will have all the information available with him and can monitor the processing of applications.
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For setting up of Gold Assaying and Hallmarking Centre in any district in India, where no A&H Centre exists, the Government provides financial assistance to the tune of 30 to 75 per cent of the total cost of machinery and equipment, depending on the location and ownership, the junior minister had said.