ASPA seeks mandatory authentication, anti-counterfeiting laws.

With counterfeiting activities growing at the rate of 44 per cent, authentication solution providers on Tuesday sought government intervention to make authentication "mandatory" and enact "specific anti-counterfeiting laws" in the country.

"Counterfeiting is increasing 3 per cent per annum globally. In India, the problem is more severe, it is growing with an alarming rate of almost 44 per cent per year," Authentication Solution Providers' Association (ASPA) General Secretary Arun Agarwal said here.

"No specific anti-counterfeiting laws are in place in the country and using of authentication solution has not been made mandatory," said International Hologram Manufacturers Association's Chairman  Manoj Kochar.

The officials of the associations said several countries all over the world introduced laws to tackle the menace of counterfeiting. For example, Canada passed Combating Counterfeit Products Act.

"The Indian government also ought to do something similar," Agarwal told reporters here at the association's 'Make Sure India' campaign.