News By/Courtesy: Nikshetaa Jain | 31 May 2020 16:18pm IST

HIGHLIGHTS

  • What is a Geographical indication?
  • The benefits of GI tag
  • Shahi Litchi, a specialty of North Bihar, to be home delivered at Bihar

A Geographical indication or GI tag is a symbol used on products to show that they have a specific geographical origin and possess qualities that are due to that origin. GI tag is given for only those products which are specialized in variety and have unique features. No one is allowed to use the GI tag other than the region in which the tag is given. A geographical indication is a part of intellectual property rights which comes under the Paris Convention for the protection of Industrial Property. 
In India, Geographical Indications registration is administered by the Geographical Indications of Goods (Registration and Protection) Act, 1999. A geographical indication is used for agricultural products, foodstuffs, wine, handicrafts, and industrial products. Around 361 products in Indi have received the GI tag. Darjeeling tea was the first one in 2004 while Kashmiri Saffron was the last one. Some other examples of Geographical indication are Kanchipuram silk saree, Nagpur Orange, Kolhapuri chappal, and Agra petha.
The benefits of GI tag are that it confers legal protection to GI in India. It prevents unauthorized use of a registered Geographical indication by others. It helps to boost exports and promotes the economic prosperity of producers of goods. The registration of Geographical indication is valid for ten years. The difference between Geographical indication and trademark is that in Geographical indication product belongs to a particular place or a region, but a trademark is a product that comes from a specific company.
The Shahi Litchi, a specialty of North Bihar, earned the GI tag because of its unique fragrance, extra-juicy pulp, and smaller than usual seed. A joint initiative by the Bihar government and the postal department will ensure that the litchi is delivered to the people at their doorstep. People can place orders on the State Horticulture department’s website from May 25. Initially, this facility will be available to consumers in Patna, Muzaffarpur, and Bhagalpur. If a favorable response is obtained, the service may extend to all districts of Bihar. The postal department will deliver the goods within 24 hours, but the minimum order would be for two kgs.
Litchi cultivators have appreciated this move. Lack of availability of transportation due to the nation-wide lockdown had placed the cultivators in a state of difficulty. Markets were unable to witness the usual hustle-bustle because the people have preferred to stay indoors. The District Collector had issued an order that loading points and processing units of Shahi litchi would be allowed to carry out their operations beyond 6 pm. Litchi is supplied to far off places, and unless provided within a specific time, their quality starts deteriorating.

THIS ARTICLE DOES NOT INTEND TO HURT THE SENTIMENTS OF ANY INDIVIDUAL, COMMUNITY, SECT, OR RELIGION ETCETRA. THIS ARTICLE IS BASED PURELY ON THE AUTHOR'S PERSONAL VIEWS AND OPINIONS THE EXERCISE OF THE FUNDAMENTAL RIGHT GUARANTEED UNDER ARTICLE 19(1)(A) AND OTHER RELATED LAWS BEING  FORCE IN INDIA FOR THE TIME BEING.

Section Editor: Pushpit Singh | 03 Jun 2020 14:02pm IST


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