Tribune News Service
Amritsar, June 8
Impure hallmark gold is rampant in the state while unscrupulous jewellers are fleecing the people with impunity in the market.
If officials of the Bureau of Indian Standard (BIS) are to be believed a few persons in the jewellery trade are cheating the masses easily due to lack of awareness among them.
Recently, the BIS has confiscated a laser machine from Giani Market in the walled city, which was being used by goldsmiths to mark a fake hallmark on less pure gold ornaments to befool the public.
“We have information that there were three shops where the imprinting of fake hallmark on gold ornaments was going on without any authority. While one person was held with a laser machine, another shopkeeper managed to run away after closing his shop. He apparently came to know about the raid,” said an official associated with the BIS in Chandigarh. He wished not to be named.
He added that the team did not find any evidence against the third firm. The official said the raid was delayed because the team could not get police security on time. Somehow, information regarding the raid got leaked, the official said
“You see, people believe that jewellery having the hallmark insignia imprinted on it is genuine without realising that the jeweller has cheated him or her,” he said.
The officer said besides hallmark’s insignia of the BIS and the purity of the precious metal, the mark of the jewellery shop from where the ornament was manufactured and the laboratory from where it genuineness was verified must be imprinted on the jewellery.
He said, “We have information that hallmarking of jewellery in an unauthorised manner is rampant in the holy city, which is considered as a hub of jewellery manufacturing. The BIS is facing a shortage of staff and therefore, it is unable to conduct raids on a regular basis. The jewellers take the advantage of it.”
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