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GI tag products

Facts for Prelims (FFP)

 

Source: TH

 Context: Seventeen products have been awarded the Geographical Indications (GI) tag

State/UTShort Description
OdishaLanjia Saura paintings: Wall mural art with spiritual importance.
Dongaria Kondh shawl: Unique and ancient knitted shawls reflecting culture and beliefs.
Khajuri Guda: Natural sweetener made from date palm juice.
Dhenkanal Magji: Milk product.
Similipal Kai Chutney: Chutney is made from indigenous Kai fruit.
Nayagarh Kanteimundi Brinjal: Vegetable crop with prickly thorns.
Koraput Kalajeera Rice: Rice variety from Koraput.
Arunachal PradeshHandmade Carpets: Artisan-crafted carpets.
Wancho Wooden Craft: Ethnic art practiced by Wancho tribes.
Adi Kekir (Ginger): Ginger variety.
West BengalTangail Saree, Garad Saree, Korial Saree: Traditional sarees.
Kalonunia Rice: Rice variety.
Sundarban Honey: Honey from the Sundarbans
J&KAnardana: Pomegranate product from Ramban.
GujaratKachchhi Kharek: Local product from Gujarat.

 

About GI Tags: 

A Geographical Indication (GI) is a designation used on products with a specific geographical origin, indicating qualities or reputation linked to that origin. Internationally recognized under the Paris Convention, GI is part of Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs), covered by the WTO’s TRIPS Agreement, Madrid Agreement, and Lisbon Agreement.

 

In India, GI registration is governed by the Geographical Indications of Goods (Registration and Protection) Act of 1999. Administered by the Registrar of Geographical Indications (RGI), it identifies agricultural, natural, or manufactured goods, providing legal protection for 10 years, renewable. The Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, oversees GI registration, offering protection against unauthorized use, promoting exports, and ensuring quality and distinctiveness.