“Most Popular GI” Award

Union Ministry of Commerce and Industry recently conferred the ‘Most Popular GI’ award to Hyderabadi Haleem and other GI products.

Key facts

  • Hyderabadi Haleem received the ‘Most Popular GI’ award under the food category and agriculture category.
  • It received the award by beating dishes like Rasgulla, Bikaneri Bhujiya, and Ratlami Sev.
  • The award was presented to the director of Pista House and president of Hyderabad Haleem Makers Association MA Majeed.
  • Under the handicraft category, Thanjavur Art Plate from Tamil Nadu won the award.
  • Mysore Sandal Soap from Karantaka received the award under the manufacturing category and Uttar Pradesh’s Chuna Balua Patthar won in the natural category.
  • The winners of this award were chosen based on the popular vote.

About Hyderabadi Haleem

Hyderabadi Haleem is a unique meat-based aromatic stew-like dish made with lentils, wheat, and spices. It is consumed mainly during Ramzan. During the holy month of Ramadan, Haleem outlets are set up in Hyderabad. These outlets mainly serve Muslims breaking their fast in the evening. The dish received the GI tag in 2010. It is the first non-vegetarian dish in India to receive it. Its GI tag was renewed in May 2022. The tag expired in December 2019. It is the only product in Telangana to receive a GI tag under the foodstuff category.

What is a GI tag?

The Geographical Indication (GI) tag is given to products so that only authorized people can use the popular product’s name. It is given to products having a specific geographical origin and qualities or reputation associated with that origin. It was given to products related to agriculture, handicrafts, foodstuffs, spirit drinks, and industrial products. The first product to receive this tag is Darjeeling Tea. The rules and regulations of the GI tag are governed by the WTO’s agreement on trade-related aspects of intellectual property rights. In India, GI products are governed by the Geographical Indications of Goods (Registration and Protection) Act, 1999.




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