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Lok Sabha passes bill to replace Bureau of Indian Standards

IANS  |  New Delhi 

The Lok Sabha on Thursday passed a bill that provides for establishing Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) as the National Standards Body of India and enable the government to bring more products, systems and services under ambit of standardisation.

In his reply to the debate on the Bureau of Indian Standards Bill, 2015, Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Minister Ram Vilas Paswan said that the government did not want an "inspector raj" but there will be investigations in case of complaints.

"A bill on standardization has come to the house after (about) 30 years," he said.

The bill, which was passed by voice vote, seeks to replaces the Bureau of Indian Standards Act, 1986 and to empower the central government to authorize any other agency having necessary accreditation for the purpose of conformity assessment against Indian standards.

It seeks to allow multiple types of conformity assessment schemes in tune with global best practices and enable mandatory hallmarking of precious metal articles.

The statement of objects and reasons of the bill says it seeks to prevent misuse of standard mark and "provide for compounding of offences and also make certain offences cognizable".

First Published: Thu, December 03 2015. 20:04 IST