The Centre further extended the deadline for mandatory hallmarking of gold jewellery and artefacts by a fortnight till June 15 in view of the COVID-19 pandemic. The decision in this regard was taken at a meeting chaired by Consumer Affairs Minister Piyush Goyal.
A committee has been formed to resolve implementation issues and ensure roll out by June 15. The government said that customers must get hallmark certified gold at earliest all across the country without any further delay. “India must have the world’s best standards in gold jewellery,” said the government in a statement.
In November 2019, the government had announced that hallmarking of gold jewellery and artefacts would be made mandatory across the country from January 15, 2021. However, the deadline was extended for four months till June 1 after jewellers sought more time in view of the pandemic.
Gold hallmarking is a purity certification of the precious metal and is voluntary in nature at present. “In view of COVID, the government accepted the request of stakeholders to give jewellers some more time to get prepared for implementation and resolve issues,” an official statement said. Hallmarking of gold jewellery is set to begin from June 15. Earlier, it was expected to be implemented from June 1, 2021, it added.
A committee, headed by Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) Director General Pramod Tewari, has been formed to ensure proper coordination and resolve the implementation issues.
The committee would also comprise Nidhi Khare, additional secretary, Department of Consumer Affairs and representatives of jewellers associations, trade and hallmarking bodies, among others.
Speaking on the occasion, the minister said “India must have the world’s best standards in gold jewellery.”
The hallmarking of jewellery/artefacts is required to enhance the credibility of gold jewellery and customer satisfaction through third party assurance for the marked purity/fineness of gold , consumer protection, he said. “This step will also help to develop India as a leading gold market center in the world,” he added.
From June 15, jewellers will be allowed to sell only 14, 18 and 22 carats of gold jewellery.
The BIS has been running a hallmarking scheme for gold jewellery since April 2000. Around 40 per cent of gold jewellery is being hallmarked currently.
The government said there has been 25 per cent increase in assaying and hallmarking centers to 945 from 454 in the last five years.
Presently, 940 assaying and hallmarking centres are operative. Out of this 84 centres have been set up under the government subsidy scheme in various districts.
About 14 crore articles can be hallmarked in a year with the existing capacity of these centres, it added.
India has around 4 lakh jewellers, out of which only 35,879 have been BIS certified, as per the World Gold Council.
According to BIS, the mandatory hallmarking will protect the public against lower caratage and ensure consumers do not get cheated while buying gold ornaments and get the purity as marked on the ornaments. India imports 700-800 tonnes of gold annually.
Aadhaar card address change online: A step-by-step guide
Adhaar card has become a really crucial document in India for availing several benefits offered by the Indian government under different schemes. However, for availing many benefits, your address on the Aadhaar card needs to be updated.
If you relocated and want to update your address on your Aadhaar card then we have good news. The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) recently allowed users to update their address online on the official portal. Also Read: India slams UN Rapporteurs’ criticism of new IT rules, says our democratic credentials are well recognised
In a tweet, UIDAI had said that the Aadhaar Card address can be updated online through Aadhaar Self Service Update Portal at sup.uidai.gov.in/ssup/. All you need to do is upload the required documents on the online portal to update your Aadhaar Card address.
Here’s how to change your Aadhaar card address online:
1. You need to log in to the official portal which is ssup.uidai.gov.in/ssup/.
2. Select the ‘Proceed to Update Aadhaar’ button.
3. Login using your 12-digit Aadhaar card and Verify your details with a security code or captcha code.
4. You will then have to click the ‘Send OTP’ button. The OTP will arrive on the Aadhaar-registered mobile number.
5. Log in to the portal by entering the OTP.
6. Select the ‘Edit Address’ option.
7. Enter details of your new address.
8. After entering the details, you need to upload the address proof which has the new address.
9. Click the ‘Submit’ button, and your Aadhaar card address will be updated in no time.
Get Rs 5 lakh in exchange of 2 rupee coin, here’s how
A lot of people have this hobby of collecting rarest coins which finds no place in circulation or it is no longer in use. But if you luckily have a two rupee coin, you can easily get a chance to win Rs 5 lakh as the advertisement on Quikr shows.
Many buyers on the Bengaluru-based website are showing interest in giving a huge amount in return for the old coin.
This two rupee coin is made in 1994 and has an Indian flag on one side, and its value on the Quikr website is said to be Rs 5 lakh. Meanwhile, the value of one rupee coin is worth Rs 2 lakh.
While the other one rupee coin which was minted in 1918 is said to be worth Rs 9 lakh.
If you have these rare coins, it can fetch a lump sum amount, given the fact that you negotiate properly with the buyer.
There is a website called Coinbazzar which basically provides a platform for buyers for selling old notes and with the help of that platform you can sell an old Rs 10 note in order to get Rs 25,000 in return.
Good news for govt employees: Details Inside
52 lakh central government employees, central government servants (CGS), and more than 65 lakh pensioners are all set to start receiving Dearness Allowance (DA) benefits approved under the 7th Pay Commission from July 1, 2021.
The Central government has recently confirmed in the parliament about the rollout of stalled dearness allowance (DA) and dearness relief (DR) from next month. However, many employees are still confused about how much salary they will get from next month onwards according to their 7th pay commission matrix.
Currently, dearness allowance is paid at 17% of the basic pay. The DA will be increased by 11% to 28% after it will be reinstated from July 2021 onwards.
The 11% hike comes after adding three pending DA hikes, including a 3 per cent jump in DA from January to June 2020, a 4 per cent rise from July to December 2020, and a 4 per cent increase from January to June 2021. Also Read: Delhi unlock: Curbs eased further, bars and public parks to re-open
How to calculate salary after DA hike?
In the 7th Pay Commission, the salary of a central government employee consists of three components: basic salary, allowances and deductibles. The minimum basic salary of central government employees according to the pay matrix is Rs 18,000.
On the existing pay matrix, Rs 2,700 per month will be directly added to the basic salary of the central government employees. With the hike, employees’ total dearness allowance will increase by Rs 32,400 on annual basis.
Will central government employees get DA arrears?
The employees of the Central government are requesting the Centre to pay DA arrears. However, the government has already made it crisp and clear that no arrears will be paid for DA hike that would have been come into effect a lot earlier has there been no pandemic.
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