RS passes Bureau of Indian Standards Bill 2015

Raj Kamal Rao
Food and Consumer Affairs Minister Ram Vilas Paswan in RS

Food and Consumer Affairs Minister Ram Vilas Paswan in RS

Rajya Sabha has today passed the Bureau of Indian Standards Bill 2015 by voice vote after Consumer Affairs Minister Ram Vilas Paswan assured the house that all amendments moved by members will be considered while making rules.

The Bill passed by Rajya Sabha allows the central government to make it mandatory for certain notified goods, services, systems, articles, processes and others to carry the standard mark (Hologram).

As per the bill, improper use of the Indian standard mark will be a fine of up to five lakh rupees. When a company commits an offence under the Bill, the persons responsible for or in charge of the company will be presumed to be guilty.

Moving the bill for passage, Minister of Consumer Affairs, Ram Vilas Paswan said bill will ensure entry of standardized products into Indian market.

“It is a very important legislation to maintain standards, quality and ensure accountability of manufacturers,” said Paswan.

Tarun Vijay, a BJP MP in Rajya Sabha said that ‘Cyber Security, Agriculture Products, and products relating to national Security have also brought in in the bill for BIS standardization. This will help us maintain quality”

Congress member, E M Sudarsana Natchiappan said BIS’s poor infrastructure is delaying approvals and is hitting markets.

“Due to delays in procuring BIS standard certificate lot of electronic are still unable to hit Indian market,” said Natchiappan.

The Bill establishes a national body to formulate implement and certify standards of quality of goods affecting environment, national security and protection of human, animal or plant health.

It empowers the Bureau to recall a good or article which is already out for sale or supply if it does not conform to the requirement of a particular standard.

The Bureau of Indian Standards Bill, 2015 was passed by Lok Sabha on December 3 2015.