While the Centre is all set to make Gold hallmarking mandatory from June 16, 2021, jewellers in Jammu and Kashmir have asked for some more time and appealed for opening of hallmark centres at least in every district across the Union Territory.
Presently, Jammu and Kashmir is having only four hallmark centres which consist of two in Jammu and two in Srinagar.
“The Centre in November 2019 announced that hallmarking of gold jewellery would be mandatory from January 15, 2021 but the deadline was extended to June 1 after jewellers requested more time amid the COVID-19 pandemic.” an official said
As per sources, a Karat Meter machine worth lakhs was reportedly purchased during the erstwhile PDP-BJP popular government in 2017 by the Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution (now Food and Supply) so that the customers purchasing gold, can avail the facility of finding variant of gold. However, the present whereabouts of the machine are unknown.
Hallmarking has been made mandatory to ensure that consumers are not cheated and get the purity as marked on the ornaments.