BIS standard: A lot of bad products and Chinese goods are being sold in the Indian electric market. Despite all the restrictions and campaigns, the sale of inferior quality products is rampant in the market. Accidents related to electricity are occurring in homes after selling poor quality goods.
To stop this, the government has now made strict rules. Now if a shopkeeper sells substandard goods or the company produces it, then action will be taken to send him to jail along with a fine.
The government has issued mandatory quality norms for electrical goods like ‘switch-socket-outlet’ and ‘cable trunking’ to curb import of substandard goods and also to promote manufacture of household goods. In this regard, the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) has issued the Electrical Accessories (Quality Control) Order 2023.
What’s in the new order?
According to DPIIT, goods cannot be produced, sold, traded, imported and stored unless they bear the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) mark. The new rule will come into effect six months after the notification is published. This rule will not apply to domestically made products for exporting anything in the order.
Small businesses will be exempt
But the government has given relaxation in this order to protect the business of small, cottage and middle class.An additional time of 9 months has been given to small industries, while micro industries have been given an additional time of 12 months. DPIIT is identifying key products for notifying Quality Control Order (QCO) in consultation with BIS and stakeholders.
What will be the action?
If someone violates the BIS rules for the first time, he will have to serve at least 2 years of imprisonment or pay a fine of at least Rs 2 lakh. These initiatives along with setting up of quality testing labs and product manuals will help in creating a quality ecosystem in the country.
Implementation of this rule will help in curbing the import of substandard products, preventing unfair trade practices and making consumers as well as the environment safer. Earlier, similar orders have been issued for several items including smart meters, welding rods and electrodes, cookware and utensils, fire extinguishers, electric ceiling fans and domestic gas stoves.