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Make gold hallmarking mandatory: CAG

To protect consumers from unscrupulous jewellers, the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) has advised the government to enforce compulsory hallmarking of gold jewellery. Hallmarking of gold, which is voluntary at present, is a purity certification of the precious metal. The Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS), is the administrative authority of hallmarking.

‘The Consumer Affairs Ministry and BIS may consider hallmarking of gold jewellery under mandatory certification so as to safeguard the interst of the consumers,’ CAG said.

Consumers were exposed to the risk of buying impure gold jewellery due to inadequate coverage of Indian jewellers and goldsmiths under the BIS's volunatary hallmarking scheme as the hallmarking was not made mandatory, it noted a report.

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