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New Delhi : Union Minister for Consumer Affairs, Food & Public DitributionRam Vilas Paswan on November 3, 2017,  said that Department of Consumer Affairs is working on bringing Hallmarking regulations under the new Bureau of Indian Standard (BIS) Act 2016.

Paswan commended the revision of the standards on gold jewellery with only three categories i.e, 14, 18 and 22 Karats/Carats under Hallmarking. He was  inaugurating a seminar on “Standards Make Cities Smarter” organized by Bureau of Indian Standard on the occasion of 48th World Standards Day in New Delhi. He laid special emphasis on the consumer protection that would get enhanced through new Consumer Protection and the BIS Act.
Paswan released a pre standardization report regarding Unified, Secure & Resilient ICT Backbone for Smart Cities. He said that building a smart city is a highly complex task having its own challenges and standards are the only common denominator that can simplify this task. National Standards make the smart cities work safely and smoothly. Besides, it provides important guidance for all aspects of city life including energy-efficient buildings, intelligent transportation, and improved waste management, thereby builds sustainable communities, according to a PIB release.

C R Chaudhary, Minister of State for Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution, emphasised on the importance of standards for international cooperation. He said that standards provide practical tools for tackling many of today’s global challenges ranging from managing resources to improving the safety and quality of the life.

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