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Today's Editorial - 28 February 2023

‘Unity mall’ in every state capital

Source: By The Indian Express

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced in the Budget that states would be encouraged to set up a “Unity Mall” in their capitals, their most prominent tourism centres, or their financial capitals.

What is a unity mall?

The FM did not specify what the “unity mall” would be, its physical or non-physical structure, or how it would work. However, she said that the unity malls would focus on the promotion and sale of the state’s own “ODOPs (one district, one product), GI products and other handicraft products, and for providing space for such products of all other States”.

At present, an Ekta Mall is operational near the Statue of Unity, located about 3.5 km away from the statue at Ekta Nagar in Kevadia. The Ekta  Mall – Unity in Handicrafts Diversity is a showroom of handicrafts from different states of India. Spread over 35000 square-feet area of two floors, the mall has 20 emporiums dedicated to states’ traditional textiles and artisanal handicrafts.

What is ODOP?

One DistrictOne Product is an initiative by the government which aims to make regional products more accessible, while providing capital to those who produce them. Under the scheme, the State identifies the chief product for a district, and then offers support for its processing, storage and marketing.

These products can be perishable agri producecereal-based products or food products like mango, potato, meat and fisheries. The scheme also supports traditional and innovative products including waste-to-wealth products, such as honey and herbal edible products.

What is GI?

A geographical Indication (GI) tag is given to agriculturalnatural or manufactured products that originate from a specific geographical area due to which they possess unique characteristics and qualities, according to the Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA). Essentially, the tag guarantees that the product is coming from that specific area. It’s kind of a trademark in the international market.

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