GI(Geographical Indicator) Tags

Recently Awarded GI Tags


From UPSC perspective, the following things are important :

Prelims level: GI, Various GI tags mentioned in the news

Mains level: NA

Why in the news?

What is a GI Tag?

  • 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.
  • The tag stands valid for 10 years and can be renewed.

Various GI Tags Awarded:

Bihu Dhol (Assam) Traditional drum used during Bihu festivals
Jaapi (Assam) Bamboo headgear worn in rural Assam
Sarthebari metal craft (Assam) Traditional metal craft producing utensils and artifacts
Mishing handloom products (Assam) Handwoven textiles including shawls and sarees
Asharikandi terracotta craft (Assam) Terracotta pottery and decorative items
Pani Meteka craft (Assam) Brass and copper utensils adorned with intricate designs
Bodo Dokhona (Assam) Traditional attire of Bodo women
Bodo Eri silk (Assam) Silk fabric produced from eri silkworms, known for its soft texture and eco-friendly production
Bodo Jwmgra (Assam) Traditional scarf worn by Bodo community members
Bodo Gamsa (Assam) Traditional dress of Bodo men
Bodo Thorkha (Assam) Traditional musical instrument made from bamboo or wood
Bodo Sifung (Assam) Long flute used in traditional Bodo music
Banaras Thandai (Uttar Pradesh) Traditional drink made from milk, nuts, seeds, and spices
Banaras Tabla (Uttar Pradesh) Pair of drums used in classical Indian music
Banaras Shehnai (Uttar Pradesh) Traditional wind instrument used in Indian classical music
Banaras Lal Bharwamirch (Uttar Pradesh) Red chili grown in the Banaras region
Banaras Lal Peda (Uttar Pradesh) Popular Indian sweet made from condensed milk and sugar
Pachra-Rignai (Tripura) Traditional dress worn by women, consisting of a wrap-around skirt and blouse
Matabari Peda (Tripura) Sweet delicacy made from condensed milk, sugar, and ghee
Garo Textile weaving (Meghalaya) Traditional weaving craft practiced by the Garo tribe
Lyrnai Pottery (Meghalaya) Traditional pottery making characterized by unique designs and techniques
Chubitchi (Meghalaya) Traditional dish made with meat, local herbs, and spices



Which of the following has/have been accorded ‘Geographical Indication’ status? (2015)

1.    Banaras Brocades and Sarees

2.    Rajasthani Daal-Bati-Churma

3.    Tirupathi Laddu

Select the correct answer using the codes given below:

(a) 1 only

(b) 2 and 3 only

(c) 1 only 3 only

(d) 1, 2 and 3


India enacted The Geographical Indications of Goods (Registration and Protection) Act, 1999 in order to comply with the obligations to (2016):

(a) ILO

(b) IMF


(d) WTO


Practice MCQ:

Consider the following statements about the Geographical Indications (GI) Tag:

1.    The Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT), Ministry of Commerce and Industry is the nodal agency for GI.

2.    A GI tag stands valid for 10 years and cannot be renewed.

Which of the given statements is/are correct?

(a) Only 1

(b) Only 2

(c) Both 1 and 2

(d) Neither 1 nor 2


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