Why is it in the news?
- Over 15 products from Uttarakhand have been granted Geographical Indications (GI) tags by the Geographical Indications Registry.
About the Products
|Berinag Tea||Made from wild Himalayan plant leaves, compressed into a solid mass; popular among London tea houses.|
|Bichhu Buti Fabrics||Crafted from Himalayan nettle fibers, known for unique insulating properties suitable for all seasons.|
|Mandua (Finger Millet)||A staple in the state’s diet, finger millet grown in Garhwal and Kumaon regions.|
|Jhangora (Local Millet)||Another local millet commonly cultivated in the rain-fed areas of the Himalayas in Uttarakhand.|
|Gahat||An important pulse with traditional medicinal uses, grown in dry regions of the state.|
|Uttarakhand Lal Chawal (Red Rice)||Organically grown red rice from the Purola region, known for its unique characteristics.|
|Kala Bhat (Black Soybean)||A specific variety of black soybean cultivated in Uttarakhand.|
|Malta Fruit||A type of citrus fruit with distinctive flavour and nutritional value.|
|Chaulai (Ramdana)||A grain used during fasting days, significant in religious and cultural practices.|
|Buransh Juice||Extracted from the red flowers of Rhododendron arboreum, known for its taste and medicinal properties.|
|Pahari Toor Dal||A variety of pigeon pea (toor dal) cultivated in the hilly regions of Uttarakhand.|
|Wood Carvings (Likhai)||Intricate wood carvings reflecting the region’s cultural heritage.|
|Nainital Mombatti (Candles)||Candles produced in the Nainital region, possibly featuring specific designs or scents.|
|Rangwali Pichhoda of Kumaon||Traditional fabric with colourful designs, representing Kumaon’s artistic heritage.|
|Ramnagar Nainital Litchis||Litchi fruits grown in the Ramnagar area of Nainital, known for their sweetness and flavour.|
|Ramgarh Nainital Peaches||Peaches cultivated in the Ramgarh region of Nainital, valued for their taste and quality.|
|Chamoli Wooden Ramman Masks||Wooden masks crafted in Chamoli, possibly used in traditional rituals and performances.|
|Almora Lakhori Mirchis (Chilli Variant)||A distinct variant of chili peppers grown in Almora, known for its unique flavour and spiciness.|
Geographical Indication (GI)
- It is a distinctive indication used to designate goods with unique qualities originating from a specific geographical area.
- The Geographical Indications of Goods (Registration and Protection) Act, 1999, is enacted to facilitate the registration and enhanced protection of such geographical indications associated with products in India.
- This legal framework safeguards the reputation and authenticity of region-specific goods, promoting their cultural and economic significance.