New Delhi / IBNS: The Indian toy industry, through its umbrella body, All India Toys Federation (AITF), called on the Union government to reconsider the timetable for mandatory certification from the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS), which comes into force from September 1, 2020.
While the Federation and the industry as a whole are happy that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed confidence in the potential of the sector to become a global hub, most indigenous stakeholders believe they need more time to meet certification standards.
In his August 30 edition of “Mann ki Baat”, Prime Minister Modi said that “India is home to several toy groups and thousands of artisans who produce indigenous toys. and life skills in children at an early age.
Abdullah Sharif, AITF Vice-President, said: “We are happy and encouraged by Prime Minister Narendra Modi who talks about the toy industry. The Prime Minister said India is expected to become the global toy manufacturing hub, but it will take a little longer to achieve it. “
India’s toy industry, like many other sectors, is currently grappling with a large-scale drop in demand and issues related to economic uncertainties.
The current COVID-19 pandemic has caused a shortage of toy supplies in the Indian market, according to the federation.
As of September 1, all toy manufacturers and importers need a valid BIS license to continue manufacturing and importing new toys.
The AITF is concerned that toy MSMEs, facing a financial crisis, may not be able to immediately adhere to these standards.
According to Sharif, the industry needs an additional 18 to 24 months to ensure that all micro, small and medium-sized toy companies can meet this challenge.
“We are concerned that such measures may hamper Prime Minister Modi’s vision, causing smaller units to shut down. We would only be left with large multinationals, which will sell expensive brand name toys in their chain stores,” said Sharif.
The federation has proposed a Scheme II for toys.
“In such a program, we are asking BIS accredited laboratories to test our products to BIS standards rather than letting us set up such laboratories ourselves. We also need an overhaul in terms of investments in l ‘tooling, molds and new talent in toy design and development,’ Sharif said.
According to the federation, very few domestic toy manufacturers and almost none of the foreign toy manufacturers were able to apply for the required BIS certification, due to multiple clauses.
The current process for obtaining BIS certification is a tedious process, where manufacturers have to wait 120 days.
For foreign manufacturers, this period is up to 180 days.
The COVID-19 pandemic has affected India’s manufacturing force at all levels, including the toy industry.
Local and international travel restrictions have hampered the movement of workers, resources and finished products at all levels, including toy manufacturers.