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Malls, airports told to sell only BIS-certified toys

NEW DELHI: The government’s standards organisation has asked all malls and airports to ensure no non-BIS certified toys are sold within their premises. Indian has banned the sale of non-BIS certified toys from January 1.
Chief of Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS), Pramod Kumar Tiwari said they have sensitised the stakeholders about the new norm and for complete compliance. He said so far 250 toy manufacturers have obtained the BIS certification. Only seven months back there was not a single BIS certified manufacturer in India.
Sources said about 100 foreign companies have applied for licences, but so far none of them has got it. They added the primary aim of making BIS certification mandatory was to boost domestic manufacturing.
Meanwhile, in its bid to ensure that small industries and manufacturing units comply with the BIS norms, the consumer affairs ministry announced a 50% discount on the minimum marking fee for micro industry, start-ups and women entrepreneurs. Moreover, old BIS licence holders will also get an additional 10% rebate.
“The intention is to encourage small enterprises to ensure their products comply with the BIS standards,” said consumer affairs secretary Leena Nandan said.
The minimum annual marking fee for a new licence differs from product to product. The consumer affairs ministry said the services of BIS are now made available free of cost to everyone.
Tiwari also said so far 35,000 jewellers have been registered with the BIS and they expect these numbers to reach nearly 1 lakh by June.
The government has set the June deadline for roll out of mandatory Hallmarking of gold jewellery and artefacts.

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