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Odisha ‘Rasagola’ bagged GI Tag

Published on July 30, 2019
Current context: Odisha bagged the Geographical Indication (GI) tag for its ‘Rasagola’ with registering it with the name ‘Odisha Rasagola’ on 29th July 2019.
Odisha ‘Rasagola’ bagged GI Tag
  • The ‘Rasagola’ is a syrup confectionary made of cottage cheese.
  • It has got the GI tag under the Geographical Indications of Goods (Registration and Protection) Act, 1999.
  • Odisha has been embroiled in a battle with West Bengal since 2015, which had secured the GI tag for ‘Banglar Rasogolla’ in 2017.
  • In Odisha, the ‘Rasagola’ has been a part of century-old rituals performed for Lord Jagannath and is also mentioned in the ancient Odia literature.
  • A geographical indication (GI) is a sign/identity given to a product belonging to a specific geographical location (a region, town, state, country).
  • India has enacted GI of Goods (Registration and Protection) Act, 1999 from 15th September 2003.
  • The GI tag ensured that only the authorised user is allowed to use the product name. Darjeeling tea was the first product to bag the GI tag in India in 2004-05.

Question: 

Q.1 Which out of the following states in India has got GI tag for ‘Banglar Rasogolla?
a. Odisha
b. West Bengal
c. Both a & b
d. Neither a nor b
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