In March 2024, 22 new products from the states of Assam, Uttar Pradesh, Tripura and Meghalaya were added to India's Geographical Indication (GI) registry. These products are now protected under the GI tag, which recognizes their unique qualities and geographical origin.

    Assam state added 12 products to the GI registry:

    1. Asharikandi terracotta craft
    2. Pani Meteka craft
    3. Sarthebari metal craft
    4. Jaapi (bamboo headgear)
    5. Mishing handloom products
    6. Bihu dhol
    7. Bodo Dokhona (traditional attire of Bodo women)
    8. Bodo Gamsa (traditional dress of Bodo men)
    9. Bodo Eri silk
    10. Bodo Jwmgra (a traditional scarf)
    11. Bodo Thorkha (a musical instrument)
    12. Bodo Sifung (a long flute)

    Uttar Pradesh had 5 products added to the GI registry:

    1. Banaras Thandai, a drink made by blending milk with a mix of nuts, seeds and spices
    2. Banaras Tabla
    3. Banaras Shehnai
    4. Banaras Lal Bharwamirch
    5. Banaras Lal Peda

    A. products from Tripura given GI tag:

    1. Pachra-Rignai (traditional dress worn on special occasions)
    2. Matabari Peda (a sweet preparation)

    B. products from Meghalaya were added to the GI registry:

    1. Meghalaya Garo Textile weaving
    2. Meghalaya Lyrnai Pottery
    3. Meghalaya Chubitchi (alcoholic beverage)

    About GI Registry:

    1. The Geographical Indication (GI) registry is a system that recognizes and protects products with distinctive characteristics, qualities or reputation linked to their geographical origin.
    2. Established under the Geographical Indications of Goods (Registration and Protection) Act, 1999.
    3. GI registry provides legal protection to products, preventing unauthorized use of the registered name.
    4. GI tag helps in preserving cultural heritage, promoting economic growth and assuring consumers of the authenticity and quality of the product.

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