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Jaipur, Dec 20(UNI) Gem&Jewellery Federation today vehemently opposed the provision of mandatory hallmarking in the BIS Hallmarking Act 2006 coming into force from January next year.

Addressing a press conference here today, Vivek Kala director Gem&Jewellery Federation said the government is trying to implement the new Act withtout adequate infrastructre for hallmarking. He said the new Act propose to implement the mandatory hallmarking system in the four metros of Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai and Kolkata in the first phase.

He pointed out that according to an estimate about 28,176 traders are operating in the four metros and it requires about 516 Assaying rept Assaying centres as against the present 25 centres were exisitng in the four metros which makes the operationalisation of the provision almost imposible.

Another point the traders object to is the penal provisions and the onus of purity of pre hallmarked jewellery is being enforced on the jewller than the hallmarking centres.

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