GI(Geographical Indicator) Tags

[pib] GI tagged sweet dish Mihidana


From UPSC perspective, the following things are important :

Prelims level : GI, Mihidana

Mains level : NA

The first consignment of GI-tagged sweet dish Mihidana sourced from Bardhaman, West Bengal has been exported to the Kingdom of Bahrain.

About Mihidana

  • Mihidana, described as the micro cousin of the traditional Boondi, is derived from two words, Mihi meaning fine, and Dana, meaning grain.
  • The dessert is made from powdered Kaminibhog, Gobindobhog and basmati rice, mixed with a small amount of gram flour and saffron for a golden colour.
  • It is then blended with water by hand till its colour lightens.
  • This mix is then poured through a brass ladle with tiny holes into a pot of ghee and deep-fried.
  • The fine fried small rice-like grains are dipped in sugar syrup and drained once soaked.

Back2Basics: Geographical Indication

  • A GI is a sign used on products that have a specific geographical origin and possess qualities or a reputation that are due to that origin.
  • Nodal Agency: Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT), Ministry of Commerce and Industry
  • India, as a member of the World Trade Organization (WTO), enacted the Geographical Indications of Goods (Registration and Protection) Act, 1999 w.e.f. September 2003.
  • GIs have been defined under Article 22 (1) of the WTO Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) Agreement.
  • GI is granted for a term of 10 years in India. As of today, more than 300 GI tags has been allocated so far in India (*Wikipedia).
  • The tag stands valid for 10 years.


Answer this PYQ in the comment box:

Q.Which of the following has/have been accorded ‘Geographical Indication’ status?

  1. Banaras Brocades and Sarees
  2. Rajasthani Daal-Bati-Churma
  3. Tirupathi Laddu

Select the correct answer using the code given below:

(a) 1 only

(b) 2 and 3 only

(c) 1 and 3 only

(d) 1, 2 and 3

Post your answers here.
Please leave a feedback on thisx


UPSC 2022 countdown has begun! Get your personal guidance plan now! (Click here)

Newest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
1 year ago
Post your answers here." Read more »


Knowledge Side
Knowledge Side
1 year ago
Post your answers here." Read more »

1. bananas brocades and sarees ( up )
3. Tirupathi lad

Trilokesh Penta
Trilokesh Penta
1 year ago
Post your answers here." Read more »



Join us across Social Media platforms.