Ahmedabad: A section of jewellers in Gujarat participated in the nationwide token strike against what they call an arbitrary implementation of Hallmarking Unique ID (HUID).
The All India Gems and Jewellery Domestic Council (GJC) had called for a strike across the country on Monday against the cumbersome procedure for obtaining hallmark on jewellery.
According to sources, the turnaround time for this procedure has increase to five to seven days. This in turn has resulted in piling up of jewellery orders, affecting customers and eventually hampering business, sources add.
One of the jewellers was quoted as saying that while they were not against purity and hallmarking, they believed that the implementation of the rule was wrong as it could expose customers to unnecessary risk should their HUID get hacked.
In Ahmedabad, several jewellery showrooms observed total shutdown for a day.
Jewellers across the country feel that HUID is more of a tracking mechanism than a attempt to ensure purity. They also claimed that it was not fool-proof, leaving scope for duplication and other issues.
According to earlier reports, GJC had claimed support of around 350 associations and federations.
The Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution had announced that gold hallmarking would be mandatory from June 16 and would be implemented in a phased manner. It will initially be started in 256 districts.
As per the press release, the HUID rule would be applicable to jewellers with an annual turnover of over Rs 40 lakh.
September onwards, jewellers selling non-certified products will face fines, as per rules.
Currently, just 30 per cent of the gold jewellery in India is hallmarked, the ministry had said.
It added that old jewellery without hallmarking can be sold to the jeweller. Also, the owners can get it hallmarked as it is or after melting and making new jewellery.
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