NEW DELHI 04/DEC/2014: The government plans to introduce quality standards for automobile, food processing, electrical machinery, garments and textiles products among others as part of a drive to make the country a manufacturing hub for quality products. The idea is to specify quality standards for 10 products each in the 25 focus sectors under the Narendra Modi government\'s \'Make in India\' initiative, a senior government official said. \"Appropriate standards are needed if the country has to emerge as a destination for quality manufacturing,\" the person said. Once the 250 products are identified based on the country\'s competitiveness, the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) will develop or update standards in line with prevalent international benchmarks, the official said.
Whether to make the standards mandatory or voluntary will be decided after detailed examination, the person said. Departments of consumer affairs and industrial policy and promotion have initiated discussions on the move based on the prime minister\'s call for \'zero defect and zero effect\' manufacturing in the country to produce quality products without any adverse impact on the environment. In his Independence Day speech, Modi had said, \"Don\'t compromise on two points first zero defect and second zero effect.... Let\'s think about making our product which has \'zero defect\' so that it does not come back (get rejected) from the world market and \'zero effect\' so that the manufacturing does not have an adverse effect on our environment.\" The department of industrial policy and promotion ( DIPP) had subsequently launched the \'Make in India\' campaign on September 25.
The official quoted earlier said the consumer affairs department will draw up a roadmap for development and implementation of the standards in consultation with the stakeholder ministries and departments, and technical committees under BIS will be formulated to work out the details.\"Timelines would be drawn up to ensure that work progresses in an effective manner,\" the person said. The Modi government has identified consumer protection as a focus area and is proposing to strengthen the regulatory regime. Far-reaching amendments to strengthen the Bureau of Indian Standards Act and overhaul Consumer Protection Act are on the agenda.