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Seven Unique Indian Crafts Receive Geographical Indication Tags


The Geographical Indications Registry in Chennai has awarded Geographical Indication (GI) tags to seven products from different regions of India, showcasing the country’s diverse craftsmanship.


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Dimensions of the Article:

  1. New GI Tags for Indian Crafts
  2. Geographical Indications (GI) Tag

New GI Tags for Indian Crafts:

  • ‘Jalesar Dhatu Shilp’ – Craft of Decorative Metal and Brassware from Jalesar, Uttar Pradesh.
  • ‘Mankurad Mango’ (also known as ‘Malcorada’) – Unique Variety of Mangoes from Goa.
  • ‘Goan Bebinca’ – Traditional Indo-Portuguese Pudding, the ‘Queen of Goan Desserts’.
  • Rajasthan’s GI Tags:
    • Udaipur Koftgari Metal Craft.
    • Bikaner Kashidakari Craft.
    • Jodhpur Bandhej Craft.
    • Bikaner Usta Kala Craft.

Geographical Indications (GI) Tag

Definition and Importance:
  • Geographical Indications of Goods indicate the country or place of origin of a product.
  • They assure consumers of the product’s quality and distinctiveness derived from its specific geographical locality.
  • GI tags are an essential component of intellectual property rights (IPRs) and are protected under international agreements like the Paris Convention and TRIPS.
Administration and Registration:
  • Geographical Indications registration in India is governed by the Geographical Indications of Goods (Registration and Protection) Act, 1999.
  • The registration and protection are administered by the Geographical Indication Registry under the Department of Industry Promotion and Internal Trade (DIPIT), Ministry of Commerce and Industry.
  • The registration is valid for 10 years, and it can be renewed for further periods of 10 years each.
Significance and Examples:
  • GI tags provide a unique identity and reputation to products based on their geographical origin.
  • The first product in India to receive a GI tag was Darjeeling tea.
  • Karnataka has the highest number of GI tags with 47 registered products, followed by Tamil Nadu with 39.
Ownership and Proprietorship:
  • Any association, organization, or authority established by law can be a registered proprietor of a GI tag.
  • The registered proprietor’s name is entered in the Register of Geographical Indication for the applied product.
  • Protection and Enforcement:
  • Geographical Indications protect the interests of producers and prevent unauthorized use of the product’s name or origin.
  • Enforcement of GI rights helps maintain the quality and reputation of the products associated with their specific geographical regions.
Location of the Geographical Indications Registry:
  • The Geographical Indications Registry is located in Chennai, India.

-Source: Indian Express

October 2023