Government dispels rumours that mandatory gold hallmarking is being withdrawn
The government announced that phase one of its mandatory gold hallmarking programme is going as planned and branded rumours circulating around social media that the mandate had been withdrawn as fake.
“News circulating in certain sections of social media that Government of India order regarding Mandatory Hallmarking of gold jewellery has been withdrawn is fake,” the Union government announced in a statement on July 20, the Press Trust of India reported.
Mandatory hallmarking of gold jewellery and artefacts was put into place in a phased manner from June 16 following numerous delays due to Covid-19. The first phase rolls out the directive in 256 districts from 28 states and union territories across India. The majority of districts selected for phase one are in Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, and Maharashtra with numerous districts from states including West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh as well.
However, some confusion and disputes remain concerning the details of the order. Retailers are currently only allowed to sell hallmarked gold in purities of 14, 18, and 22 carats but some areas traditionally create gold jewellery in other purities such as 24 carats.
The continued Covid-19 pandemic has also caused delays in the official registration process for some jewellers.
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