- The Ministry of Steel is piloting a proposal to slap quality control regulations on tinplate and tin-free steel.
- Tinplate steel are sheets of steel coated with a thin layer of tin that have specialised use in consumer products like cans,hair clips and pens.
- The proposal mandates domestic and foreign suppliers of these products to adhere to Bureau of Indian Standards(BIS).This could potentially act as a non-tariff barrier to curb imports of the material.
- These measures are being taken despite concerns raised by other arms of the government that it may hit a large number of micro, small and medium enterprises.
- However,the government has said that this will not only boost India’s exports but will also generate jobs in the manufacturing sector especially the MSME sector.
- The ministry’s Steel and Steel Products (Quality Control) Order,2018, under which the new proposal has been moved prohibits manufacturing, import, sale, hire and lease of such products unless they conform to relevant standards so that no sub-standard products are sold in the country.
- These items need to bear the BIS mark which means domestic manufacturers have to obtain BIS certification mark licences and foreign suppliers to India will have to obtain BIS registration.
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