Unprecedented Recognition: Over 60 Products GI Tags

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The Geographical Indication (GI) tag has been awarded to over 60 products from different parts of India. 

An Overview of the News:

  • This is the first time that so many products have been recognized at the same time for Geographical Indication (GI) purposes.

  • The prestigious Geographical Indication (GI) label has been awarded to nineteen traditional Assamese items and crafts, thirteen of which are credited to the Bodo community.

Name of the Select 60 Products that Were Awarded GI Tags:

  • Assam: Mishing handloom products, Pani Meteka crafts, Sarthebari metal crafts, Jaapi (bamboo headpiece), Asharikandi terracotta crafts, Bodo Eri silk (fabric of peace or ahimsa), Bihu dhol, Bodo Dokhona (traditional attire of Bodo women), and Bodo Sifung (long flute).

  • Tripura: Matabari Peda (a sweet delicacy) and Pachra-Rignai (traditional attire worn on auspicious occasions).

  • Meghalaya: Chubitchi, Lyrnai Pottery, Garo Textile Weaving.

  • Uttar Pradesh: Banaras Lal Bharwan Mirch, Banaras Lal Peda, Banaras Tabla, Banaras Shehnai, Banaras Thandai.

A GI tag: what is it?

  • A GI tag is a designation or label that identifies goods as coming from a particular region and highlights their distinctive features.

  •  Protected by the Geographical Indications of Goods (Registration and Protection) Act, 1999.

  • it gives owners of rights the ability to stop unapproved usage by noncompliant third parties

Key fact about GI tag:

  • In 2004, the Darjeeling tea from West bengal received the first-ever GI tag in India.

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