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News consultation with a cross section of stakeholders.- Central Government, State Governments, foreign Exporters, Traders, Export promotion Councils, missions of India and Industry Bodies-in this Commodity Boards, Various Ministries of the regard. n India should take lead in making quality products available to world at an affordable price ommerce and Industry Minister Smt. Nirmala products, like mango or grapes unilaterally, they Sitharaman has said that India should take hurt our farmers. Similarly, the Maximum Residue Clead in making quality products available Limits (MRLs) of certain pesticides or biocides to world at an affordable price. Inaugurating the are altered too quickly in the foreign markets and 4 National Standards Conclave organized by farmers are taken by surprise. So, efforts must be put th the Department of Commerce in association with to create quick information system for such farmers CII, BIS, EIC, FSSAI, APEDA and NABCB she and exporters. She hoped that the proposed strategy emphasized while standards as signifying quality would provide a guide or a kind of framework so are important but they also need to be affordable that we avoid such crises at negotiation stage it self. for manufacturers to comply and consumers to buy. She said Prime Minister’s ‘Zero Effect Zero Defect’ The Minister also launched the India Standards idea aims at exactly this. She cited The Mangalyan Portal – a one stop portal for all information on launch costing and world class quality is a prime Standards, Technical Regulations, conformity example of quality with affordability. assessment & accreditation practices, and the related bodies in India and adivsed that portal Commerce and Industry Minister appreciated should also help exporters to identify regulations in that a ‘standards strategy document’ is going to be various countries abroad. the possible outcome of this conclave however, she In his address, Mr. R V Deshpande, Minister emphasised that long term strategy should not lose for Large and Medium Industries and Infrastructure sight of immediate challenges. Smt. Sitharaman Development, Government of Karnataka, stated that any national strategy for standards should highlighted the strategy adopted by his state be able to factor in technology to disseminate to put in place a robust standards eco system. any change in import requirements in foreign These include besides providing incentives to countries so that our exporters are well prepared to the industrial units adopting standards, insistence overcome those barriers. This dissemination has to on procurement of products and services which be in regional languages. She said this has become conform to the standards, ensuring infrastructure critical as number of notifications in WTO have is available in the state and focus on Research increased and many deal with standards . and Development. The Minister highlighted the issues confronting Ms. Rita Teaotia, Secretary, Department of agriculture sector, where the nature of standards Commerce highlighted the legislative reforms set in international bodies often militate against that have been happening as a result of series of the Indian varieties. She stressed that International national and regional Conclaves. She stated that standards especially in food produce must value since the last edition of the Conclave, the new BIS variety over homogeneity and India must participate Act had been passed and the Consumer Protection actively in such Standards setting. When Sanitary Act is also proposed to include a new chapter on and Phyto-Sanitary (SPS) controls are put on agro Product Liability. n April-May, 2017 49
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