Sale of footwear that does not meet the standards will be stopped in the country, this is how bad production will be controlled
The Quality Control Order (QCO) will increase the domestic production of footwear products as well as control the import of substandard products. Apart from raw materials like leather, PVC, and rubber used in their manufacture, quality standards of sole and heel have also been fixed.
There will be no compromise with the quality of footwear. Manufacturers and importers of this sector have been made mandatory to comply with quality control standards for 24 products of footwear from July 1. For this, the Central Government has fixed footwear standards, on the basis of which shoes and slippers will be made and sold.
It is clear from this that shoes and slippers which do not meet the standards will not be sold in the country. The footwear business in the country is worth about Rs 80 thousand crore. It is believed that this will help in curbing the import of poor-quality footwear from countries like China.
Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) Director General Pramod Kumar Tiwari said in a press conference on Monday that this standard will be effective only for large and medium-scale manufacturers and importers. Under this, such manufacturers will come whose turnover is more than Rs 50 crore. From January 1, 2024, even small-scale manufacturers will be required to comply. Manufacturers with less than 50 crore and more than 5 crore turnover have been brought under its ambit.
Similarly, manufacturers with a turnover of less than five crore rupees will have to comply with quality standards from July 1 next year. Pramod Kumar Tiwari said that the deadline for compliance with standards will not be extended further. It was to be implemented in the month of October 2020, but the date was extended several times. This time also there was a demand to take it further, but the government finally decided to make it effective.
He said that Quality Control Order (QCO) would increase the domestic production of footwear products as well as control the import of substandard products. Regarding the standards of footwear, it was told that apart from raw materials like leather, PVC, and rubber used in manufacturing, quality standards of soles and heels have also been fixed.
rubber gum boots, PVC sandals, hawai chappals, sports shoes, and anti-riot shoes, etc. Tiwari informed that the remaining 27 footwear products under the purview of the Quality Control Order (QCO) will also be brought under the standards in the next six months. will be brought into range. He said that at present a total of 470 products are under the purview of the quality standard. Another 600 products are also being considered to be introduced.
He informed me that BIS has also started a public call facility. It will be active from 10 am to 11 am on all working days. Anyone can send their suggestion or complaint through this. The conversation will be recorded. There will be a solution within 90 days. An online platform 'Manak Rath' has been launched on the BIS website for consumer engagement. Consumers can give their views on this.