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Indian consumers now demanding high quality goods and services: Goyal

By TIOL News Service

NEW DELHI, NOV 04, 2023: UNION Minister for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, Textiles and Commerce and Industry, Piyush Goyal, has said that Indian consumers are now demanding high quality goods and services and to ensure that, the Government is giving help and reasonable time to producers to adapt to new quality standards and ensure that India becomes recognized as a provider of good quality products.

He was speaking at the concluding session of 'G20 Standards Dialogue' at Bharat Mandapam in New Delhi yesterday.

Goyal said that it is important to ensure harmonization of standards with international bodies, to help India adopt standards that are globally accepted. He mentioned that India needs to get out of the mindset of two standards of everything. Our effort is that every product that is made in India will be a high quality product, Goyal said.

Goyal said that if consumers pick up a product in India they should be assured of high quality. He said that developed nations have a lot to share in this regard, and therefore, a robust framework should be created through regular engagements like G20 Standards Dialogue, for the countries who need it. He said that in next few years India will upgrade it's standards ecosystem like test labs and hopefully have mutual recognition agreements with other countries as well so that quality is achieved for a better and prosperous future for Mother Earth and every citizen of the world.

Goyal said that the theme of the Dialogue 'Zero Defect, Zero Effect' was articulated by Hon'ble Prime Minister, Narendra Modi about 9 years ago. He said that PM is an evangelist for sustainability and has been on the forefront to create an awareness within the country and internationally about the need for collective action. He said that it's his vision that sustainability becomes one inclusive paradigm.

Goyal stressed that even common man recognizes the importance of sustainable growth and every citizen recognizes that growth will have to be inclusive so that no one is left behind. He said that United Nations Sustainable Development Goals are also the core elements to provide the roadmap, on standards and on sustainability.

"And I'm sure the goal for Zero Hunger, the goal for health and wellness, the goal for a better quality of life for every citizen will be important for all of us to keep in mind when we debate on this important subject-Affordable Clean Energy," Goyal said.

The Union Minister said that the Affordable Clean Energy is an integral part of sustainable growth where India is look at recycling, reuse, and overall at ensuring how 'waste can be kept to a bare minimum', which is absolutely unavoidable. "That is the road forward. That is the pathway before us," he said adding on that government desire only to act as a facilitator and not as a disrupter of the processes.

He said that if India produce the products and provide good services, the world is its stage.


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