One day conference was on Standards Conclave - Role of Standards in International Trade: Challenges, Opportunities and Issues was held in Delhi on April 16, notified PIB in its press release. Inaugrating the conference, Ajit Seth Seth, Cabinet Secretary, Government of India called upon the Indian Industry to play the lead in developing standards and urged the government to enact a comprehensive law to look at standards in a composite manner.
In the conference jointly organized by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry and Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Seth made the observation that India did not have a standard driven culture and current standards were lax. It was felt that India needed to identify and develop standards to improve the quality of goods and services.
Rajeev Kher, Commerce Secretary, observed that countries around the world were developing higher standards and designing products to meet stated standards and so should the Indian industry. He also stressed the need for a comprehensive law under which standards development could take place. However, a consultative mechanism could be put in place to bring all stakeholders together to formulate and emphasize standards.
In his address, Sunil Soni, Director General, Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS), also pointed to the need for a sound regulatory environment to maintain standardization and quality in the country by synergy between the BIS and other organizations involved in the process of standardization. Deep Kapuria, Chairman, Hi-Tech Group stressed on the need to make compliance with standards affordable enabling greater number of manufacturers to export their products. Handrajit Banerjee, Director General, CII was of the view that the enhancement of standards boost Indias exports as well as restrict inferior imports which are causing harm to the domestic industry.