India is set to approach the World Trade Organisation (WTO) to make the certification from Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) mandatory for all the liquefied petroleum gas stoves sold in the country.
This is after sale of LPG stoves more than doubled to around 50 million a year for the last three years, following the launch of Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana.
The move is likely to deal a huge blow to over 200 small players and importers, who run their business through e-commerce platforms and local shops.
A major chunk of these imports comes from China. Having BIS certification will ensure that all the gas stoves sold in India have high thermal efficiency of at least 68 per cent, compared to 60 per cent for non-BIS ones.
A senior government official said the ministry of petroleum and natural gas had approached the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) in this regard. Read More
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