Token strike : More than 35,000 jewellers observe token strike in TN against HUID

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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

BIS portal.

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

jewellery.

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.

UNIINDIA

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