Gangtok, 6 June 2012:
The 5th meeting of the State Level Committee (SLC) for standardization and quality control systems, Government of Sikkim was held under the chairmanship of Karma Gyatso, Chief Secretary, Government of Sikkim at meeting hall, Chintan Bhawan today.
Organized by the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS), Eastern Regional Office, Kolkata, the meeting saw the presence of the Deputy Director General (Eastern), BIS, Dr D.K. Chaudhari who is also the Member Secretary SLC along with Heads of State Government Departments and other representatives from BIS. The Department of Food and Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs, Government of Sikkim is the nodal department.
At the outset, the Chief Secretary informed the Committee that the SLC has been constituted by the Governor of Sikkim with a view to identify areas where improvement is needed and to take appropriate measures so that all sectors of economy are benefitted. He also laid an emphasis on the quality control of materials which will be use for the reconstruction purposes and other allied activities and also sought the concerned officials to ensure compliance of quality control. The Chief Secretary also stressed on the cross checking of the packaged items like water, tea in the brand name of Sikkim as far as the question of health and safety of the people is concerned. Further, he also added that there is a need for concerted efforts by all in formulating suitable policies for overall improvement in quality of the products purchased, manufactured and consumed in the State.
The Deputy Director General (Eastern) BIS deliberated upon the BIS Certification Marks Scheme (ISI Mark) for product certification and possibilities of issuing directives, notifications by the various purchasing departments for giving preference to ISI marked products, implementation of various Quality Control Orders issued by different Ministries of Governemnt of India in ensuring quality of items manufactured and procured related to health, safety and conservation of natural resources.
The Committee also dwealt on the possibilities of implementing various management Systems standards namely IS/ISO 9001(Quality Management Systems), IS/ISO 14001(Environmental Management Systems), IS/ISO 22000 (Food Safety Management Systems), IS/ISO 15700 (Service Quality Management Systems) etc. for improved service quality and effective handling of public grievances. The suggestions given by members present were taken note of to implement in future.
The Committee was entrusted the responsibility for giving direction and thrust to the standarisation as well.