All India Gem&Jewellery Domestic Council has appealed to the government for extending the timeline by one year for implementation of mandatory hallmarking jewellery due to the second wave of coronavirus. Earlier, the mandatory hallmarking scheme was to be implemented from 15 Jan 2020 but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it was extended by 4 months which later on extended by one year.
The government is all prepared to implement the scheme from June 1. The hallmarking scheme managed by BIS( Bureau of India Standard) since 2000. After its implementation, jewellers will only be allowed to sell 14,18 and 22 carats gold jewellery. The registration process is online and 34,647 jewellers are registered under this scheme, according to the report by PTI. It is being done for the protection of consumer interests.