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A Geographical Indication (GI) is a name or sign given for certain products that represents a specific geographical location or origin (e.g., a town, region, or country). India as a member of the World Trade Organization (WTO), enacted the Geographical Indications of Goods (Registration and Protection) Act, 1999 and has come into force with effect from 15th September, 2003. Geographical Indications (GI) Tags is regarded as a certification given to that particular product, which is produced as per traditional methods, has certain specific qualities, or has a particular reputation because of its geographical origin. Darjeeling tea is the first GI tagged product in India, in 2004 – 2005. In this article we will check the list of GI Tags in India.
List of Geographical Indications (GI) Tags in India
Below given is the list of Geographical Indications (GI) Tags in India of the year 2019 – till date.
|Kodaikanal Malai Poondu||Agricultural||Tamil Nadu|
|Palani Panchamirtham||Food Stuff||Tamil Nadu|
|Gulbarga Tur Dal||Agricultural||Karnataka|
|Tirur Betel Leaf (Tirur Vettila)||Agricultural||Kerala|
|Idu Mishmi Textiles||Handicraft||Arunachal Pradesh|
|Dindigul Locks||Manufactured||Tamil Nadu|
|Kandangi Saree||Handicraft||Tamil Nadu|
|Srivilliputtur Palkova||Food Stuff||Tamil Nadu|
|Chokuwa Rice of Assam||Agricultural||Assam|
|Kovilpatti Kadalai Mittai||Food Stuff||Tamil Nadu|
|Chak – Hao||Agricultural||Manipur|
|Gorakhpur Terracotta||Handicraft||Uttar Pradesh|
|Kashmir Saffron||Agricultural||Jammu & Kashmir|
|Thanjavur Pith Works||Handicraft||Tamil Nadu|
|Arumbavur Wood Carvings||Handicraft||Tamil Nadu|
|Sohrai – Khovar Painting||Handicraft||Jharkhand|
Why Geographical Indications (GI) Tags are Used?
Geographical Indications are typically used to identify foodstuffs, agricultural products, handicrafts, and industrial products. Geographical Indications (GI) Tag is similar to products like Copyright, Patent, Trademark etc. i.e., a GI Tag ensures that no one copies the popular product name and also a GI tag helps in the branding and marketing of the product representing a specific geographic location. GI tagged products ensure you good quality and distinctiveness which is contributed to its origin in that defined geographical locality, region or country.
The Geographical Indications (GI) Tags registration ensures the following benefits:
- Legal protection to the products.
- Prevents unauthorized use of GI tag products by others.
- It helps consumers to get quality products of desired traits and is assured of authenticity.
- Promotes the economic prosperity of producers of GI tag goods produced in a geographical territory. Thus, enhancing their demand in national and international markets.
Validity of GI Tags
A Geographical Indications (GI) Tag is valid for a decade, after which it can be renewed for another 10 years.
Who gives GI Tags in India?
GI tags are issued by the Geographical Indications Registry under the Department of Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade. The Geographical Indications Registry is located in Chennai. The parliament passed a Geographical Indications of Goods (Registration and Protection) Act, 1999. This Act is administered by the Controller General of Patent,Designs and Trade Marks ( under the Department of Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade, Ministry of Commerce & Industry) , who is also the registrar of Geographical Indications.
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