22 New Products Added to Geographical Indication (GI) Registry

The concept of Geographical Indications (GI) tags is all about acknowledging and protecting products that are unique to a specific geographical region. These tags signify more than just a name; they are a testament to a region’s heritage, culture, and unique skills passed down through generations. In 2024, the Geographical Indications Registry recognized 22 new products with GI tags, ranging from intricate handicrafts like Cuttack’s Tarakasi and Bengal’s fine Banglar Muslin to a variety of food products, textiles, and crafts across different states. This move not only honors the artisanal and agricultural excellence of these regions but also aims to protect these distinguished products from imitation, ensuring their authenticity and preserving traditional practices. The GI tags, governed under the Geographical Indications of Goods (Registration and Protection) Act, 1999, play a crucial role in promoting sustainable development, supporting rural economies, and conserving cultural heritage across India.

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