Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) officials have seized 714 grams of gold jewellery bearing spurious BIS Hallmark during its search and seizure operation at Andheri in Mumbai.
"During the search and seizure operation at the premises of Classic Karat Assay Lab Pvt Ltd, located at Unit No24 in Mistry Industrial Complex at Andheri East, the company was found to be misusing the BIS Hallmark on gold jewellery belonging to Amore Jewels Pvt Ltd, Abans Jewels Pvt Ltd, Om Shilpi Jewels and Gems Pvt Ltd, Satkar Jewellers, Kalash Gold & Ornaments Pvt Ltd, Kalash Jewels, and Uni-Design Jewellery (India) Pvt Ltd, without valid BIS recognition," the agency says in a release.
As per the hallmarking of gold jewellery and gold artefacts order, 2020 issued by the department of consumer affairs, gold jewellery and gold artefacts shall mandatorily bear BIS Hallmark, starting from 16 June 2021, onwards.
The BIS Hallmark presently consists of 3 parts - BIS logo, purity in carat and fineness, and a six-digit alpha-numeric hallmarking unique identity (HUID) number, which is different for each article or artefact. The jewellery can be sold only by jewellers registered with BIS, and can be hallmarked only by BIS recognised assaying and hallmarking centres (AHCs).
The misuse of BIS standard mark, including hallmark, is punishable with imprisonment up to two years or a fine of minimum Rs2 lakh, which may extend up to 10 times the value of articles affixed or applied with a standard mark, including hallmark, or both as per BIS Act 2016. Action is being initiated to file a case in the court of law for the above offence.
BIS says it has been observed many times that spuriously hallmarked jewellery is sold to consumers for huge profit. Therefore, it says, all customers are requested to look for complete BIS hallmark, including BIS logo, purity in carat and fineness, and HUID on jewellery. Details of certified jewellers can also be seen before making the purchase by using the 'BIS CARE' mobile app and visiting BIS website http://www.bis.gov.in
Citizens are requested that in case they come across any instance of misuse of BIS Hallmark on any jewellery/article, the same may be informed to, The Deputy Director General, Western Regional Office, BIS, Manakalaya, E-9, Behind Marol Telephone Exchange, Andheri (East), Mumbai - 400 093. Such complaints can also be made by e-mail at [email protected]
The source of such information will be kept confidential, BIS added.