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Odisha to seek GI status for its version of rasagolla

Odisha to seek GI status for its version of rasagolla

The battle over the origin of the rosogolla for the Geographical Indication (GI) tag has finally reached to its conclusion as West Bengal attained the victory over Odisha. "The Act authenticates a product relating to either a geographical location or community or society", said Sanjay Bhattacharya, deputy controller of patents and designs in Kolkata.

"It has come to our notice that Banglar Rasagolla has been registered with Geographical Indication (GI) on an application filed by the government of West Bengal", the Chief Minister's Office said in a statement.

While it seems that Bengal has won, the GI tag benefits for a ubiquitous sweet like rosogulla overall appear marginal and the battle at least in part being about stoked regional sentiments as it is neither a prominent export product nor will its legally-affixed place of origin necessarily alter its prized qualities for a food taster.

Clarifying the row, Chinnaraja G. Naidu, Assistant Registrar of the Geographical Indications Registry, Chennai, said: "The "rasagolla" which is being manufactured within West Bengal and created a brand in the State was given the GI tag".

He added that Rosogolla is origin of West Bengal. Both state governments had formed various committees to find and collect relevant evidence so that they can stake their claim to the highly popular sweet Rasgulla.

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Similarly, the Tamil Nadu Handicrafts Development Corporation had applied (number 426) on May 31, 2013 seeking the GI tag status for Mamallapuram stone sculptures.

West Bengal Education Minister Partha Chatterjee said, "unnecessary controversy was initiated and a tug of war started for Rosogolla".

The confectioners of Odisha also organised an exhibition to make people aware about the state's claim over rosogolla. We are all so happy. Based on this, Odisha had initiated its own GI claim a year ago on "Pahala Rasgulla", in reference to a small highway-stop village between Bhubaneshwar and Cuttack, named Pahala with end-to-end sweet shops along a long stretch, which produce Odisha's variant of Rasgullas.

In the list are Chana Bora of Baharampur, Murshidabad; Kheeerer Pantuwa of Katwa of East Burdwan along with Pantua and Kancha Golla of Ranaghat, Nadia district.

The GI tag was primarily developed with the objective of recognising the unique identity connecting different products and places.


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