SME Times News Bureau | 13 Feb, 2020
Minister of State for Women & Child Development Debasree
said that the government is
planning to bring measures for ensuring that toys available to our children are
of the required safety standards.
seminar, organised by FICCI, Ms Chaudhuri said, "I understand that the Ministry of Commerce and Industry is in the
process of bringing out Quality Control Order for Toys to check the quality of
toys imported and manufactured here."
added that recently released National Education Policy (NEP) has now recognized
the importance of Play amongst children and the need to create a flexible,
multifaceted, multilevel, play-based, activity-based, discovery-based education
for children from ages 3-8 years.
Chaudhuri said that learning through play is relevant throughout the
whole early childhood period and beyond. "I can see 'Play' is an important
aspect related to some of our schemes," she added.
the Sustainable Development Goals, Ms Chaudhuri said,
"The SDGs are addressed in the national development agenda of the government
which are being implemented through various development schemes/programmes. I
want to ensure on behalf of the government that development of child is high on
the agenda and we would continue to take steps to ensure that our children's
growth is healthy and safe," she said.
Chaudhuri also urged the industry, schools and civil society to
partner with government schemes.
Nanda, Joint Secretary, DPIIT said
that government is in the process of coming out with a Quality Control Order
(QCO) to check sub-standard imports and manufacturing of toy. The draft QCO has
been notified to WTO for comments by members countries. She also mentioned that
they are working with BIS to ensure that conformity assessment scheme for toy
sector is not cumbersome for the industry, as majority of the players in the
sector are from MSME sector.
Vivek Jhangiani, Chair, FICCI Toy Sector Committee and Director, Pleasantime
Products (United Toys) said that FICCI intends to work towards improving
learning outcomes with play and robust early childhood development learning
ensure that India's children develop well, adequate investment in early
childhood development is essential. This will be our small contribution towards
achieving India's Sustainable Development Goals as envisioned by the United
nations," he said.
Bhavesh Somaya, Co-chair,
FICCI Toy Committee and Country Manager, India & Middle East, Hasbro said
that there is a demand for physical play and interpersonal interactions amongst
the Toy Sector Committee of FICCI, we aim to create the value of play in India
to responsibly create, manufacture, market and sell safe and inclusive toys and
games that improve the lives of children and families," added Somaya.