Geographical Indication (GI): Recently the Geographical Indicator (GI) had registered the 22 new product from the 4 states including Assam, Uttar Pradesh, Tripura, and Meghalaya which for their unique qualities and geographical origin. These products are now protected under the GI tag

Geographical Indication (GI) registry

A.) About Geographical Indication (GI) Registry

The Geographical Indication (GI) registry is a system established under the Geographical Indications of Goods (Registration and Protection) Act, 1999. Its primary function is to recognize and protect products that possess unique characteristics, qualities, or reputation directly attributable to their geographical origin.

B.) Registration Process:

The process of obtaining a GI tag involves rigorous scrutiny by the GI registry authorities. Applicants must demonstrate that the product possesses unique attributes or qualities directly linked to its geographical origin. Detailed documentation, including historical evidence, geographical maps, and descriptions of production processes, is typically required to support the application.

Once registered, the GI tag confers exclusive rights to producers within the defined geographical area. Any unauthorized use of the registered name or false representation of the product’s origin can result in legal action.

C.) Significance:

The GI registry plays a vital role in promoting and protecting traditional knowledge, fostering sustainable development, and facilitating trade in distinctive regional products. By recognizing and preserving the cultural and economic significance of geographical indications, the registry contributes to the overall promotion of diversity and authenticity in global markets.

AssamAsharikandi terracotta craft
Pani Meteka craft
Sarthebari metal craft
Jaapi (bamboo headgear)
Mishing handloom products
Bihu dhol
Bodo Dokhona (traditional attire of Bodo women)
Bodo Gamsa (traditional dress of Bodo men)
Bodo Eri silk
Bodo Jwmgra (a traditional scarf)
Bodo Thorkha (a musical instrument)
Bodo Sifung (a long flute)
Uttar PradeshBanaras Thandai
Banaras Tabla
Banaras Shehnai
Banaras Lal Bharwamirch
Banaras Lal Peda
TripuraPachra-Rignai (traditional dress worn on special occasions)
Matabari Peda (a sweet preparation)
MeghalayaMeghalaya Garo Textile weaving
Meghalaya Lyrnai Pottery
Meghalaya Chubitchi (alcoholic beverage)

What is Geographical Indications (GI) tag?

Geographical Indication (GI) tag is a sign used on products that have a specific geographical origin and possess qualities or a reputation that are due to that origin. The GI tag serves as a certification that the product possesses unique characteristics or qualities attributable to its geographical origin, and it provides legal protection to prevent unauthorized use of the product’s name.

Ashutosh Raj

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