UP now has the most GI-tagged items in the country

News Excerpt:

Six more products from Uttar Pradesh have recently been given the Geographical Indication (GI) tag.

More about the news:

  • Chennai-based GI Registry has awarded the GI certification to the Banaras Tirangi Barfi and the five other Uttar Pradesh products.
  • With these six new additions, Uttar Pradesh has retained its position as the state with the most GI-tagged products in India.
  • The total number of GI-tagged products from Uttar Pradesh are 75.
  • Tamil Nadu is second with 58 GI products.
  • The first product to get the GI Tag from UP was Allahabad Surkha Amrood in 2008-09.

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 come 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.
  • The first GI tag in the country was given two decades ago to the famous Darjeeling tea. 

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