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Chennai, Aug 23 : As part of the nation-wide strike, more than 20,000 jewellery
shops in Tamil Nadu observed a toekn strike on Monday in protest against the BIS’
decision to make gold Hallmarking Unique ID (HUID) mandatory for every jewellery.
The protest was organised for about two-and-a-half hours frm 9.00 am to 11.30 am.
Members of the Chennai Jewellers’ Association (CJA) carrying placards denouncing
the move staged a protest demonstration in line with the nationwide strike call given
by the National Task Force on Hallmarking.
More than 500 people took part in the agitation, jointly organised by the CJA and
the Jewellers and Diamond Traders Association at NSC Bose Road in Parrys corner
area of the city.
More than 35,000 shops in Tamil Nadu were closed during the protest. CJA Secretary
Chidambaram told UNI.
He said in Chennai alone, more than 7,000 shops downed their shutters.
‘We are not opposing the hall mark per se. It is okay. Since there is no data
privacy in HUID, rules must be changed to remove HUID only”, he said.
It may be recalled that from mid-June onwards, the Bureau of Indian Standards
(BIS) had made gold hallmarking mandatory.
According to jewellers, one of the major challenges faced by them was that they have
to upload a six-digit HUID number, affixed to each hallmarked jewellery piece on the
Association President Udhay Vummidi said HUID was provided based on tracking
mechanism, and it did not have a link to ascertaining the purity of gold. It is a time
consuming process, and assaying centres do not have the capacity to hallmark
Earlier, hallmarking was done in batches. While jewellery stock waiting to be
hallmarked was already piling up, the HUID process would only lead to further
delay, affecting the sector.
The new process, which also seeks customers’ details, could pose a threat to their
rights, he said.
Members of the Jewellers and Diamond Traders’ Association Madras, said nearly
25 per cent of the 47,000 jewellers registered with the BIS belonged to Tamil Nadu.