BIS awareness workshop held

Srinagar, May 24: In order to aware the stakeholders about the processes involved in BIS (Bureau of Indian Standards) certification, a Government of India undertaking, a workshop for the stakeholders in the industry was organised here.
The program was facilitated by Directorate of Industries and Commerce Kashmir. First such workshop was carried out in Kashmir for gold smiths and packaging water unit holders wherein the stake holders expressed the difficulties faced by the industry to get the standardization done for their products in the valley.
NehaKumari, Scientist ‘C’, trained the jewellers regarding the process of registration with BIS. A PowerPoint presentation was also given to the stakeholders.
The stakeholders urged the Directorate of Industries and Commerce to get an essaying and hallmarking laboratory set up in Kashmir province as the stakeholders 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 thanked Director, Industries and Commerce, and General Manager, DIC Srinagar for their support to make the awareness program successful and 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.