22 New Products Added to Geographical Indication (GI) Registry

In March 2024, the Geographical Indication (GI) registry of India added 22 new products from the states of Assam, Uttar Pradesh, Tripura, and Meghalaya. These products are now protected under the GI tag, which recognizes their unique qualities and geographical origin.

Assam

The state of Assam saw the inclusion of 12 products in the GI registry:

  1. Asharikandi terracotta craft
  2. Pani Meteka craft
  3. Sarthebari metal craft
  4. Jaapi (bamboo headgear)
  5. Mishing handloom products
  6. Bihu dhol
  7. Bodo Dokhona (traditional attire of Bodo women)
  8. Bodo Gamsa (traditional dress of Bodo men)
  9. Bodo Eri silk
  10. Bodo Jwmgra (a traditional scarf)
  11. Bodo Thorkha (a musical instrument)
  12. Bodo Sifung (a long flute)

Uttar Pradesh

Uttar Pradesh had five products added to the GI registry:

  1. Banaras Thandai, a drink made by blending milk with a mix of nuts, seeds and spices
  2. Banaras Tabla
  3. Banaras Shehnai
  4. Banaras Lal Bharwamirch
  5. Banaras Lal Peda

Tripura

Two products from Tripura were granted GI tags:

  1. Pachra-Rignai (traditional dress worn on special occasions)
  2. Matabari Peda (a sweet preparation)

Meghalaya

Three products from Meghalaya were added to the GI registry:

  1. Meghalaya Garo Textile weaving
  2. Meghalaya Lyrnai Pottery
  3. Meghalaya Chubitchi (alcoholic beverage)

About GI Registry

The Geographical Indication (GI) registry is a system that recognizes and protects products with unique characteristics, qualities, or reputation associated with their geographical origin. Established under the Geographical Indications of Goods (Registration and Protection) Act, 1999, the GI registry grants legal protection to products, preventing unauthorized use of the registered name. The GI tag helps preserve cultural heritage, promote economic development, and assure consumers of the product’s authenticity and quality.


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