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GI registration: Pochampally sarees set the trend

Indrani Dutta

Darjeeling tea, basmati rice and Salem fabrics also obtain GI



SPECIAL ATTRIBUTES: A new brand of Pochampally sarees. GI confers legal protection to the products. — Photo: Mohammed Yousuf

KOLKATA: Bolstered by the success in getting GI (geographical indications) registration for `Pochampally Ikat', the Union Textile Ministry has decided to ask the Andhra Pradesh Textiles Development Committee (APTDC) to identify all handloom products, which can be registered under the GI system, a form of Intellectual Property Rights protection.

Items for which GI registration was applied for earlier this year (and is now awaited) include the famous Kancheepuram Silk sarees and rumal and the equally famous Banarasi silk sarees from Uttar Pradesh. Mysore Silk sarees, made-ups, ties and yarn have already got their registration, according to P. K. Nayak, Director, Textiles Committee.

This committee is a statutory body under the ministry, which is implementing a national programme for preparing the textile industry for globalization in the WTO regime.

GI is a part of the Trade Related Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) agreement signed under the WTO framework. GIs are defined as indications, which identify a good as originating in the territory and having specific attributes. It confers legal protection to the products, safeguarding against unauthorised use by other countries.

"GI is an imperative or else we might find China producing Kancheepuram silks," remarked Mr. Nayak. He said APTDC would be given commission for carrying out a country-wide survey to locate such goods since it was felt that it had developed the expertise for this, while working on the Pochampally Ikat GI project with the Textiles Committee. It would have to complete the job in three months.

As on July 2005, only 25 applications have been filed for GIs. Those goods which have already got registered include: Darjeeling tea, basmati rice, Salem fabrics and jasmine rice.

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