In order to aware the industrialists and businessmen about the processes involved in Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) certification, a workshop about standardisation was held by the BIS and Industries Department here.
The workshop, first such in Kashmir, was conducted for gold smiths and packaging water unit holders wherein the participants expressed the difficulties faced by the industry to get the standardisation done for their products in the valley.
According to an official spokesperson, Neha Kumari, Scientist ‘C’, trained the jewellers regarding the process of registration with BIS.
The participants urged the Directorate of Industries and Commerce to get an essaying and hallmarking laboratory set up in Kashmir province as they face enormous difficulty in getting their products hallmarked form Jammu and Delhi. The department agreed to upgrade their present facility at Zainakot where the proposed unit is likely to come up.
The participants urged the authorities to set up packaged water testing labs in the valley as in the present scenario they have to send the water samples outside the valley for testing purposes on regularly basis.
Mahmood Ahmad Shah Director Industries and Commerce Kashmir said that the gap analysis of existing water testing labs would be done, in order to explore the possibility of getting the required tests conducted in the valley.
The need for having a Regional Office of BIS in the valley was felt by the stakeholders. In this regard department has offered to explore the possibility of accommodating the regional office of BIS in the existing Departmental set up.
Kansara, Regional Director BIS expressed his desire to conduct more sector specific awareness programs in the valley in coming months. BIS also promised to carry out wide scale awareness on the subject in the state.