Various departments have started the process of notifying mandatory standards for products as “best quality” is fundamental to pushing economic growth, a top government official today said. Emphasising upon the importance of quality and standards of goods and services, Secretary in the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) Ramesh Abhishek said that to become part of the global value chain, quality should be the best in the world. He said that although the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) has developed many mandatory standards but those numbers are relatively “very few”.
Due to this, “we are neither able to enforce such quality standards domestically nor on the imports that come to this country,” he said at the National Quality Conclave organised here by the Quality Council of India. “Now we have also started the process in the right earnest of notifying mandatory standards. Various departments are working on consulting stakeholders for various products and are issuing their quality control orders,” he added.
Abhishek also said that India has only about 150 technical regulations for products, while many other countries like European Union has over 1,500. He also sought cooperation from the domestic industry in this process.
Further, he pitched for an elaborate chain of accredited laboratories for conformity assessments. There is a need to increase general awareness in industry that enforcement of quality is no longer a option that India has now.
Maintaining high quality and standards for goods and services is important as India is in the process of becoming a major economic power, the secretary said.
In a video message, Commerce and Industry Minister Suresh Prabhu said that quality of goods are a key component to drive economic and social development in the country. “Ensuring quality will add value to products… Bringing economic and social core value to the forefront is the major function of quality,” he said.
Speaking at the conclave, NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant said the government is taking steps to improve ease of doing business including scrapping of as many as 1,200 old laws.
India is taking Japanese expertise for high speed train in India as Japan’s quality is one of the best in the world and this would also benefit Indian railways, he said.
He also said that states are taking steps to improve business climate and the DIPP is ranking states on that besides Niti Aayog too is measuring the performance of states on education, health and water management.
“Till you don’t name and shame people, performance of India will never improve. And therefore this is the only way good governance will become good politics and those civil servants and those politicians who are not delivering should be thrown out or should be voted out,” he added.
Member of Parliament Baijayant Panda too called for improving quality of goods and services in the country.
“Today quality is supremely important,” he said, adding that enforcement of quality standards are important in the backdrop of misleading advertisements covering up poor quality goods.