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Parliament passes Bureau of Indian Standards bill

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The Bureau of Indian Standards bills was passed in the parliament, following its approval from Rajya Sabha. The bill was earlier passed in Loksabha during the winter session last year.


Bureau of Indian Standards bill

The bill proposes to make BIS, a national standards body, introduce mandatory hallmarking of precious metal, prevent misuse of Standard marks and provide for recall of ISI marked products not conforming to relevant standards.

Flash points

  • The bill was passed in Lok Sabha following a voice vote during the winter session in December, 2015
  • The Bill extends the ambit of the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) to include services, processes and products while ensuring production of world class goods
  • The Bill will also empower the Centre to authorize any other agency having necessary accreditation for the purpose of conformity assessment against Indian standards
  • Now approved by Rajya Sabha, the bill is set to become an act which will enable it to enjoy legislative backing to represent India abroad
  • It is a bill which supports consumer Protection

Key points

  • Union Minister of Food and Consumer Affairs- Ram Vilas Paswan