"Abroad, I have noticed even Indians do not wish to buy 'Made in India' products. There is an opinion set in the minds that developing countries do not manufacture good quality products. To change this attitude, our industry should comply with quality standards," Paswan said on the 'World Standards Day' here.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has launched the 'Make in India' initiative and this programme cannot be successful unless high standards are adopted by the industry, he added.      

Adoption of standards world over facilitates level playing field in all enterprises, the minister said.
The standards, as formulated by the BIS, should continue to provide pillars to industries helping them cross the bridge of technical gaps and reach global markets, he added.
Paswan further said that due to poor standards followed while making products, India is lagging behind in the international market despite availability of talented people and cheap labour.
"Consumers expect quality products at lesser price. The standards for our products should be kept high," he said, calling both industry and consumers to join hands with BIS to increase awareness for use of standardised products and accelerate the market to grow faster.
The Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS), a government body working under the aegis of Consumer Affairs Ministry, formulates, recognises and promotes Indian standards. Last fiscal, 434 standards were formulated.
Consumer Affairs Secretary Keshav Desiraju said that BIS has identified 25 products for manufacturing industry to make the 'Make in India' initiative a big success.
While appreciating BIS efforts in developing standards for portable water and street foods, he said that the BIS should expand its area beyond manufacturing products.
As India is signatory to the agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) of the World Trade Organization, it is imperative that India also harmonises its standards with international standards.
"It is essential that we contribute actively and effectively in the international standards development process to protect our national interests," he added.
Standards have always underpinned trade and business and are perceived to be a key component for achieving competitiveness of the industry, BIS chief Sunil Sonis said.
The organisation, he added, is playing a committed role at the national and global level by developing standards that are in tune with the world trade as well as the domestic requirement.

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