60 products from across India earn GI tags

News Excerpt:

A record number of 60 products from across India, have been given the Geographical Indication (GI) tag by the Chennai based Geographical Indications registry.

More about the news:

  • This is the first time such a large number of GI tags have been given at a go.
  • More States are coming forward and filing applications to get a GI tag for some of their traditional and historic products which has led to a surge in GI Tag applications.

Other products that got GI Tag:

  • Some Other products from Assam that got GI Tags are 
    • Bodo Dokhona, the traditional attire of Bodo women
    • Bodo Jwmgra (a traditional scarf).
    • Bodo Gamsa (traditional dress of Bodo men).
    • Bodo Thorkha (a musical instrument).
    • Bodo Sifung (a long flute).
  • Apart from Thandai, Banaras Tabla, Banaras Shehnai, Banaras Lal Bharwamirch and Banaras Lal Peda are among the products that have been granted GI Tag from Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh.

Geographical Indication Tag:

  • A geographical indication (GI) is a sign used on products that have a specific geographical origin and possess qualities or a reputation that are due to that origin.
  • In order to function as a GI, a sign must identify a product as originating in a given place.
  • Geographical indications are typically used for agricultural products, foodstuffs, wine and spirit drinks, handicrafts, and industrial products.
  • Geographical Indications are part of the intellectual property rights (IPR) that comes under the Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property.
    • In India, Geographical Indications registration is administered by the Geographical Indications of Goods (Registration and Protection) Act of 1999.
  • Till date, around 635 products in India have been given the GI tag. 
  • The first GI tag in the country was given two decades ago to the famous Darjeeling tea.