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Centre to specify standards for products

DIPP to identify commodities in which India has competitive advantage over China.

Written by Avishek G Dastidar | Amethi/new Delhi, New Delhi |
October 15, 2014 1:50:24 am

Soon after rolling out the ‘Make in India’ initiative urging manufacturers across the world to set up factories in the country, the government has set out to create quality standards for the kind of products to be made for global consumption.

At the same time, it has taken the ordinance route to finally stem the supply of Chinese products of questionable quality flooding Indian markets. Together, the two separate moves complement each other in creating the domestic manufacturing environment for the initiative.

The government has started drawing up a list of 250 products and processes from 25 sectors identified in the initiative with the intention to make their manufacturing standards and quality on a par with global standards – to arrive at a sort of global Indian Standard.

Consumer Affairs Secretary Keshav Desiraju has written to the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion to identify a list of 10 products in each of the 25 categories in which India traditionally has competitive advantage over other global manufacturing destinations like China. The letter, mentions that the initiative is in line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s slogan of manufacturing products with “Zero Defect Zero Effect”.

On the other hand, the law ministry is learnt to have cleared a proposed ordinance that empowers the Bureau of Indian Standards to enforce Indian quality standards on items like toys, firecrackers, helmets among others in the market, which is dominated Chinese products. The ordinance will go to the Cabinet this month for approval. ]

“We took the ordinance route because there is urgency in the need to stop toys with lead, substandard helmets, counterfeit mobiles, firecrackers etc in the market. They cause health hazards and endanger safety of consumers,” said a government official.

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