BIS conducts raids across Maharashtra to crack down on hallmarked jewellery

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The Bureau of Indian Expectations (BIS) executed a specific enforcement (research and seizure) drive in key metropolitan areas in the state of Maharashtra to check the misuse of the BIS Hallmark on gold jewelry.

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The raids had been carried out simultaneously at six towns such as Mumbai, Thane, Pune and Nagpur. Two retailers in Mumbai’s Zaveri Bazar had been raided as component of the procedure, and about 2.75 kg of gold jewelry worthy of over Rs 1.5 crore was seized, the authority explained.&#13

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Research and seizure functions ended up also performed in Thane, Pune and Nagpur to seize falsely marked jewellery and initiate taken action towards companies that had been duping shoppers.

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Some of the corporations ended up also applying hallmarks on gold jewelry without having suitable screening and good quality checks specified by BIS, the authorities said in a assertion.

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In accordance to the ministry of purchaser affairs’ 2020 purchase for hallmarking of gold jewellery, all the gold jewelry and gold artefacts are mandated to bear BIS hallmarks from June 2021.

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The BIS Hallmark at the moment is composed of three pieces – BIS brand, purity in carat and fineness, and a six-digit alphanumeric “Hallmarking Distinctive Id (HUID)” selection which is distinct for every single article and artefact. The ornaments can be offered only by jewellers registered with BIS, and can be hallmarked only by BIS-recognised Assaying and Hallmarking Centres (AHCs).

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Underneath the BIS Act 2016, the misuse of BIS normal mark, such as hallmark, is punishable with imprisonment up to two decades and/or a least good of Rs 2 lakh that can go up to 10 times the value of articles affixed or used with a conventional mark, which includes hallmark.

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“Action is remaining initiated to file a scenario in the court of legislation for the aforementioned offence. Steps, together with prosecution, are also envisaged against all jewellers who have been bash to this kind of unlawful spurious marking,” the authorities claimed.

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Facts of the hallmarked jewellery this kind of as purity, sort of jewellery, title of the jeweller who obtained the jewelry hallmarked and the hallmarking centre that tested and qualified the jewelry can also be noticed prior to building the acquire, by monitoring the HUID of the ornament working with the “BIS CARE” mobile application, BIS explained.

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The bureau also has a BIS care cell software for people to advise the authorities about misuse of BIS Hallmark on any jewellery/post.

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