May 22, Colombo: Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena has directed his attention to the jewellery markets which are selling low quality gold jewellery that does not meet the standards set by the National Gem and Jewellery Authority for gold products.
During a meeting held at the National Gem and Jewellery Authority, today (22) under his patronage the President has considered making compulsory to use the standard certificate seal of the National Gem and Jewellery Authority for gold products, and to raid the jewellery markets which are selling jewellery without using that seal.
As the subject Minister in charge, the President visited the National Gem and Jewellery Authority in Collpetty in Colombo today and inquired into the activities of the Authority. Later, the President held a progress review meeting with the staff.
Since the sales of gold without quality is being traded, it was decided to make it mandatory to obtain the guarantee of the National Gem and Jewellery Authority.
The President emphasized the need to make the gold traders aware of the requirement of obtaining this guarantee certificate, and make the public vigilant about this certification when buying jewelry.
The President also instructed to make proper procedures to implement the rules and regulations. The present activities and future plans of the National Gem and Jewellery Authority were also discussed at this meeting.
Issues arising from issuing licenses for gem land and clearance of gold consignments at the Katunayake Bandaranaike International Airport were also discussed.
Secretary to the Ministry of Mahaweli Development and Environment Anura Dissanayake, Chairman of the Gem and Jewellery Authority, Reginald Cooray, Director General H.P. Sumanasekara and senior officials were also present on this discussion.