New Delhi: Commercial & Industrial and the minister of consumer affairs Piyush Goyal on Wednesday indicated that the government would not extend the deadline for Footwear new regulatory compliance industry quality standard, maintaining that two extensions have been granted and consumers are not forced to purchase substandard product.
As the footwear industry and retailers are lobbying vigorously to extend the compliance period by one year beyond July 1, Goyal told reporters that the quality control orders ( QCOs) are issued after vigorous consultation with the industry and sufficient time to implement them. “In the footwear sector, we issued 3 QCOs on October 27, 2020, 2 and a half years ago. So, the whole industry is very aware… in 2 and a half years, if there are no QCOs yet. become compliant, then there’s an investment interest, which we can’t meet,” he said.
When asked about the request, Goyal said, “Now after giving two extensions, where is the problem still not being able to comply? There is some benefit invested. I have seen that in the toy But also. People try to create a fear of lack of toys for children. Finally, we set foot down. After carrying out the order, there will be no shortage of toys… It is better to have a small incident than to lose a life,” he said, adding that the compliance rate was 85-90%.
The minister said the government is committed to improving the quality of products sold domestically and to the same standards that apply to domestic production and import goodswith some cost for small players.