Make Country of Origin marking mandatory for all products
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Every Indian consumer needs to know the Country of Origin on every purchase. While many countries around the world have made it compulsory to mark the country of origin in the products they import, in India this seems to be very loosely implemented.
Marking the country of origin is important for two main reasons:
1. Ensure the success of the Make in India movement. Nothing ensures success better than finding a ready market for products made here. We will also be able to see what our own innovators are capable of; whether it is Toys or Electric Scooters, we are no less than our counterparts in other countries. Given a choice, lot of us would like to pick goods made in India.
2. Enable Indian consumers to show their patriotism in their purchases. We would be in a position to avoid goods made in hostile countries or goods from countries made with a large Trade gap. Reducing trade gap is not something that can be achieved only by policy change, it needs a grass root level awareness and awakening.
This compulsory marking should also made compulsory for goods sold on the internet through e-commerce platforms. Any Indian website selling goods online must clearly mark the country of origin against the product details.
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