World Standards Day
Minister for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Ram Vilas Paswan inaugurated the 60th World Standard Day organized by the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS). He said that BIS must become synonymous with trust and take the lead in setting global standards. Delivering his address, Paswan congratulated everyone on the occasion of 60th World Standards Day and appreciated the efforts of all officials of BIS and said that we have some of the best laboratories in the world. The Minister encouraged that BIS must take the lead in making global standards and benchmarks. Talking about Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of providing tap water to all households by 2024 Paswan said that BIS, which sets quality standards for piped water, has a huge role to play in this regard. He further said that the Ministry will come out with Water Quality Rankings beginning with 100 smart cities and all state capitals in the next three months and this will be extended to all districts in six months. Delivering the keynotes address Secretary of Consumer Affairs Avinash K. Srivastava highlighted the roadmap for BIS including ‘one nation one standard’, working on reducing ‘single use plastic’, enforcing standards for piped drinking water, implementing Gold Hallmarking, etc. The Director General of BIS, Rohit Kumar Parmar in his welcome address said that standardization of products play a key role. He said that the theme of the 60th World Standards Day is very relevant as mobile phones and other electronic devices and IT has boosted video production and it is estimated that by 2020, 80 per cent of all Internet traffic will be consumed by video streaming data.