New Delhi: Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution Minister Piyush Goyal on Saturday said that time has come to embark on mission “One Nation One Standard” and make India the leader in setting global benchmarks in setting standards.
While reviewing the work of Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS), he said that while all areas of production and services be included in this national mission, bringing a national uniformity and standardization in all kinds of public procurement and tendering can be an immediate deliverable.
Noting that the strength and character of nation often exemplified by the standards it sets for the quality of its products and services, he further said that its time for India to settle for nothing less than the best.
Exhorting the industries, the Minister said that we should aim to be the world leader in having maximum industrial products under Indian Standards and no one should feel the need to go abroad to get quality certification.
Goyal also said that lab testing in India should be world standards. “Modern equipments and latest technologies should be used there and Gap analysis of BIS and Government labs be taken up on priority basis as well”, he added.
The Gap analysis refers to the comparison of actual performance with potential or desired performance.
Referring to the issue of different Institutions and Public Sector Units (PSUs) having variety of non uniform standards, he said that effort should be made to merge different standards under one standard as much as possible and the industries should be invited for more dialogue, participation and collaboration in this mission of “one nation one standard”. Process of granting certification should be kept as simple as possible and duplication of work should be avoided, he added.
The meeting was attended by senior officials of Department of Consumer Affairs and BIS besides others. Detailed presentation was made by BIS about various areas of the progress being made.