Assam's Chokuwa rice gets GI tag

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Chokuwa rice, popularly known as "magic rice", received the Geographical Indication (GI) tag.

An Overview of the News

  • The GI tag recognizes its exceptional qualities and heritage.

  • Chokuwa rice is closely linked to the history of Assam and has a historical connection with the Ahom dynasty.

  • This variety of rice is specially cultivated in the Brahmaputra river region.

  • Cultivation areas include Tinsukia, Dhemaji, and Dibrugarh in Assam.

Geographical Indication (GI) Tag:

  • Geographical Indication (GI) is a label given to products from a specific geographical area.

  • GIs confirm that products have unique properties or have been produced using traditional methods because of their geographical origin.

  • Applicable to various products such as food, handicrafts, and industrial goods.

  • GI tags ensure that only authorized producers can use the product name.

Who awards and regulates geographical indications?

  • Geographical indications are a form of intellectual property rights (IPR) protected under the Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property.

  • The World Trade Organization (WTO) Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) establishes an international framework for GI protection.

  • In India, GI registration and protection of goods is governed by the Geographical Indications (Registration and Protection) Act, 1999.

  • This act came into effect in September 2003.

About Assam

Formation (as a state) - 26 January 1950

Capital - Dispur

Chief Minister - Himanta Biswa Sarma

Governor - Gulab Chand Kataria

Rajya Sabha - 7 seats

Lok Sabha - 14 seats

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