German beer, Italian cheese & Greece resin come to Chennai for GI tag | Chennai News

CHENNAI: A German beer (Muncener Bier), Italian veined blue cheese (gorgonzola), a plant resin (Chios Mastiha) from Greece and a variety of seed cone (zatecky chmel) from Czech Republic are among the 51 new products for which Geographical Indications (GI) tags were issued by the Chennai registry. Four western countries had filed applications with the Chennai office for GI tag for 12 products.
Unlike preceding years when the GI registry would publish the list of newly certified products one by one, this year, it has chosen to publish all 51 on its website in one go. And the presence of at least a dozen products from four western countries points to a new trend.
Registration of some of these products are pending since 2018, and now, instead of issuing the certificates to the applicants concerned, the GI top brass has been calling on chief ministers of the respective states and handing them over the certificates ‘personally’.
With this list, 421 products ranging from handicraft to agriculture have been given GI tag in India. Tamil Nadu and Karnataka share the top position with 43 GI products each. P Sanjai Gandhi, GI attorney and designated nodal officer for Tamil Nadu Handicrafts Development Corporation, has obtained GI tags for 25 products so far. In the latest list, out of five, four applications were filed by Sanjai Gandhi.
Tamil Nadu has filed at least a dozen more applications for products like Salem mango, Madurai marikozhundu, Myladi (Kanyakumari) statue and Manapparai murukku. They are all pending.
In the latest list, nine products, including Banaras hand block print, Mirzapur Pital Bartan and Manu Saree are from Uttar Pradesh. The hill-state of Uttarakhand has six products, including Kumaon Chyura Oil, Ringal craft and Thulma, to its credit.
Tamil Nadu has earned GI tag for five products — Kanyakumari clove, Thanjavur Netti works, Karuppur Kalamkari paintings and wood carvings of Arumbavur and Kallakurichi.
Kerala’s Kuttiattoor Mango and Edayur chilli are in the list along with Tamenglong orange and Hathei chilli of Manipur. Himachal Pradesh has got GI tag for Lahauli Knitted Socks and Gloves and Chamba chappal.
Telia Rumal of Telangana, Sojar Mehndi of Rajasthan, Manjusha Art of Bihar, Sohrai-Khovar painting of Jharkhand, Mizo Ginger of Mizoram, Dalle Khursani of Sikkim, Naga Cucumber of Nagaland, Harmal Chilli of Goa, Judima and Joha Rice of Assam and Pithora of Gujarat are also new entrants to the GI club.
Obtaining GI recognition is a complex process. Once applied, a ‘formality check’ report is issued within a month, after due verification of the claim. In case of any defect, it is returned giving the applicant time up to a month to rectify it and resubmit.
The second stage concerns the all-important ‘consultative meeting’, where a seven-member body headed by the GI registrar calls upon the applicant or the attorney concerned to make a power-point presentation of issues like historical origin, uniqueness, method of production, specification, description and area of production.
If satisfied, the committee forwards the application to the journal for publication. If no public protest is received within a maximum of four months of publication, the product is accorded GI status. If could be rejected in case of objections. The committee can keep it pending and seek further clarifications within a time frame. All this consumes about a year, say GI attorneys.

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  1. Eric Jones October 22, 2021

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