“Recently, commerce ministry has given us a list of imports and asked to frame standards in accordance with international norms to filter quality imports. We are examining the existing norms and upgrading it if needed,” said a senior official at BIS, India’s national standards body under the department of consumer affairs.
BIS, which deals with marking and certification of goods, is also revamping its website, incorporating quality standards and information about the international norms to be followed while importing. “The new look website will be launched soon. It will help manufacturers and importers to know the procedures and norms to be followed to market any product in India,” the official said.
“Most products are under voluntary registration only, which allows import of products not conforming with quality standards. Now, more products may be put under mandatory certification to discourage import of non-essential goods. This will promote the spirit of Atmanirbhar Bharat by relying more on domestic production,” he said.
India imports around 11,500 types of goods every year with commodities like crude oil, gold, electronic goods, fertilisers, machine tools, plastic goods, metal, toys and pharmaceutical products topping the chart.
“BIS is formulating technical regulations for at least half of these products for quality imports. Around 400 goods are on our priority list,” he said.
He said that China would be the most affected country under stricter norms as most of the cheaper imports are from China.
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3 Comments on this Story
Chandra Shekhar Sood178 days ago
Great academicians are not always correct about fiscal administration.
Raj Krishnamurthy178 days ago
Why the hell we always learn from the mistakes(sometime even not!) and not being proactive?!
Gaana User178 days ago
Agreed all non-essential goods from China need to be curbed at the earliest. All such items need to be listed and potential manufactures inIndia need to be advised to produce them domestically, if possible upgrade/ advanced and reliable models.
Also a technical teams need to be identified to provided technical know how, if needed at all.
A marketing Wing is also needed to find export prospects , as hand holding for 2-3 years, if needed.
China has done in the past for their companies.