Geographical Indication Tag | What is a GI tag ?

geographical indication (GI) tag or identification is given to an item or product that represents a specific area (e.g. a town, region, or country), is found at a specific or its original place. GI tag is given for their specific quality of agricultural products, natural goods and manufactured goods.

This GI registration is valid for 10 years, later it has to be renewed. Some of the important GI tagged products are Darjeeling tea, Tirupati laddu, Kangra painting, Nagpur orange and Kashmir pashmina, etc.

Recently Palani Panchatirtham Prasadam of Tamil Nadu temple got GI tag. This prasad is offered at the Dandayuthapani Swamy temple in Palani (Tamil Nadu). Palani  panchamirtham is made from banana, ghee, cardamom, jaggery, honey, etc.

What is a GI tag ?

Geographical Indication is used for products that have a specific geographical area of origin.

The distinctive feature and reputation of these products are also due to this core area.

Such a feature assures the quality and uniqueness of the product.

The GI tag is included as a component of intellectual property rights (IPR) under the Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property.

Internationally GI is regulated under the World Trade Organization (WTO) agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights-TRIPS.

At the same time, at the national level, this work is done under the 'Geographical Indication of Goods' (Registration and Protection) Act, 1999 (Geographical Indications of goods 'Registration and Protection' Act, 1999), which came into existence from September 2003.

Darjeeling Tea is the first Indian product to get the GI tag in the year 2004. The geographical indication (GI) tag is valid for 10 years after that it has to be renewed.

Many products, including Mahabaleshwar Strawberry, Blue Pottery of Jaipur, Banarasi Sarees and Laddu of Tirupati, Kadaknath Cock of Jhabua in Madhya Pradesh have got GI tag.


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