New Delhi, Sep 12 : Union Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Minister Ram Vilas Paswan on Thursday said Indian Standards should be set as per global benchmarks and just like other countries enforce their standards on imported products.
It was stated by Mr Paswan while chairing a meeting on the Standard formation process of Bureau of India Standard (BIS) and their enforcement with the senior officials from 14 Ministries.
'Indian Standards should be set as per global benchmarks and just like other countries enforce their standards on imported products. Similarly, foreign goods coming into India should also comply with Indian standards,' Mr Paswan asserted. He said that this should be done on a reciprocal basis for International goods and a system should be put in place for effective monitoring and checking to ensure that they are effectively enforced.
Wide ranging discussions were held in the meeting on how standards are set and what can be done to make their implementation/enforcement better.
Mr Paswan exhorted that similar to 'One Nation One Constitution' and 'One Nation One Ration Card' there should be 'One Nation One Standard'. Addressing the media after the meeting, Mr Paswan said the meeting was held with all stakeholders, Regulators and officials to review the ‘Process of Making Standards’ and also deliberate on improving the implementation and enforcement of the set Standards.
Mr Paswan urged all stakeholders to provide all their suggestions in this regard by September 17. He also said the purpose of setting standards and enforcing them is not intended to bring back 'inspector raj’' but to ensure that quality products are made available for all consumers across the country.(UNI)