GI TAG PRODUCTS (Syllabus: GS Paper 3 – Economy)

News-CRUX-10     10th November 2023        
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Context: Several products from Uttarakhand, including a local brick-tea and textiles made from a Himalayan plant, have recently received the coveted GI tag from the Geographical Indications Registry.

Key Points

  • Uttarakhand's Berinag tea, popular among London tea houses and tea blenders, is crafted from Himalayan plant leaves found growing wild in the region.
  • The leaves are skillfully compressed into a solid mass to create this unique tea.
  • Another product, Bichhu buti fabrics, made from Himalayan nettle fibers, has also earned the prestigious GI tag.
  • The Uttarakhand mandua, a finger millet cultivated in Garhwal and Kumaon, is a dietary staple in various parts of the state.
  • Jhangora, another homegrown millet, also made the list of products awarded the GI tag.

GI Tag

  • About: It is a symbol used on items that come from a particular geographical area and have qualities or a reputation linked to that place of origin.
  • Nodal Ministry: Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT), Ministry of Commerce and Industry.
  • Tenure: 10 Years
  • Regulated By: Geographical Indications of Goods (Registration & Protection) Act, 1999.
  • India’s First GI Product: Darjeeling Tea (2004-05).