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Authentication Forum To Address Counterfeiting Concerns In India
More than 200 professionals attended the two-day Authentication Forum conference, which addressed counterfeiting concerns in India
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In a strong move against counterfeiting and enabling the “Make-Sure-India” movement in the country, Authentication Solutions Providers Association (ASPA) and Messe Frankfurt India (MFI) on Wednesday (08 February) launched India’s first authentication conference cum exhibition – The Authentication Forum 2017.
The conference was inaugurated by B. K. Prasad (IAS), Member – Secretary, National Commission for Denotified, Nomadic & Semi-Nomadic Tribes, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment along with P. V. Rama Sastry, Joint Secretary – Department of Consumer Affairs, Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution, Government of India, and Chandrashekhar Ranga, Dy Drugs Controller (India), Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation.
B K Prasad (IAS), Member – Secretary, National Commission for Denotified, Nomadic & Semi-Nomadic Tribes, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment said: “This is a major concern which affects industries, government and the public at large and the Authentication Forum can bring forward implementable solutions.”
P. V. Rama Sastry, Joint Secretary – Department of Consumer Affairs, Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution, Government of India said: “Even as industry revenues take a major hit by counterfeits, the biggest loss is to the consumer. All of us need to work together to address this growing concern and the panel discussion with various cross-sector stakeholders at this important forum will serve this purpose.”
While the government of India is already seen taking strong steps against black money, the main objective of the forum is to empower citizens against counterfeit products that majorly contribute to black money and terrorism. The forum also aims to draw participation from the corporate arena by way of adoption of authentication technologies and long-term strategies to curb fake products market.
Top notch people from the industry and stakeholders including Arvind Gupta, National President (Convener) – IT Cell, Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP), Anil Rajput, Senior Chair – Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry – Committee Against Smuggling and Counterfeiting Activities Destroying the Economy (FICCI CASCADE) & Vice President - Corporate Affairs, ITC, Rama Shankar Pandey, Co-Chairman, Consumer Affairs & Anti – Counterfeit Committee, Automotive Component Manufacturers’ Association of India (ACMA) & Managing Director, Hella India, Vivek Padgaonkar, Director – Project & Policy, Organization of Pharmaceutical Producers of India (OPPI) and Pradeep Shroff, Noted Anti-Counterfeiting Expert, Author, Former President, ASPA & Former Managing Director – PRS Permacel aimed at mitigating counterfeiting concerns.