West Bengal has finally emerged victorious in the two and a half year battle against Odisha for the Geographical Indication (GI) tag for the origin of Rosogolla.
In West Bengal it is widely believed that renowned sweet-maker Nabin Chandra Das created the sweet dessert in the year 1868.
Now, Rosogolla has joined the elite list that includes famous products such as Phulkari, Nagpur Orange, Lucknow Chikan, Srikalahasthi Kalamkari etc.
What is a GI tag?
The Geographical Indications of Goods (Registration and Protection Act) was passed by the Parliament in December 1999. It was aimed at providing the registration and protection of GI of the goods available in India. The Registrar of Geographical Indication is authorized to give GI tags.
The GI tag is an indication which is definite to a geographical territory.
Which products can get GI tag?
Agricultural, natural and manufactured goods can get GI tags. For a product to get GI tag, the goods need to be produced or processed or prepared in that particular region. The product should also have a special quality or reputation.
Other products that recently got the elite GI tag include Etikoppaka toys from Andhra Pradesh, Gobindobhog rice from West Bengal, Basmati rice from Madhya Pradesh and Banganapalle Mango of Andhra Pradesh.
GIs in Karnataka
Karnataka is occupying the top slot with 32 products to its credit,
Bangalore Blue, Bangalore rose onion, Bidriware, Byadagi chilli
Channapatna toys, Coorg Green Cardamom, Coorg orange
Devanahalli pomelo, Dharwad pedha
Jasmine in Karnataka
Kasuti, Kinnal Craft
Molakalmuru Sari, Monsooned Malabar, Mysore Agarbathi, Mysore betel leaf, Mysore painting, Mysore pak, Mysore Rosewood Inlay, Mysore Sandal Soap, Mysore Sandalwood Oil, Mysore silk
Nanjanagud banana, Navalgund Durries
Udupi Mattu Gulla