The government on Tuesday extended by another two months the date for implementation of the Stainless Steel Products (Quality Control) Order. The earlier deadline expired on Tuesday and the present extension was necessitated as licensing process by BIS would take some more time, the Steel Ministry said in a statement.
The order stipulates prohibition on manufacture, import, storage, sale and distribution without the Standard Mark of BIS and obligation of certification. Steel Minister Chaudhary Birendra Singh has called for creating a comprehensive quality regime in the steel sector, the statement said. This is essential for Indian steel products to gain acceptability and recognition at international level, he said and added that the way forward is to bring more and more products under the ambit of quality control order for a holistic coverage.