GI Tag - List of Geographical Indication Tag in India 2022 | UPSC Notes

By Devyani Singh|Updated : June 30th, 2022

GI Tag is an abbreviation used for Geographical Indication Tag. It came into effect on the 15th of September 2003. West Bengal’s Darjeeling Tea was the first Indian product to get a GI tag from the government. GI Tag or Geographical Indication Tags are given to products both natural or man-made which as associated with a particular geographical region in the country. It is an acknowledgment of intellectual property. 

GI tag is an important topic of the UPSC Prelims and UPSC Mains alike. UPSC Aspirants must yield a great command over this topic and cover all sections such as recent GI Tags in India, meaning, complete list and more. 

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What is GI Tag?

A geographical indication (GI) tag is a sign used on products that originate/come from a specific geographical location. These products possess qualities or a reputation that are due to that origin. The products can be both natural and man-made.

  • Using GI tags can be regarded as a method of provisioning certification for a particular product that has been produced following the traditional methods, displays unique qualities, and/or has gained a distinct reputation owing to its place of geographical origin.
  • Geographical indications are used for a variety of products like wine/spirit drinks, handicrafts, agricultural produce, industrial products, etc.
  • For a product to function with a GI, a sign must be there on it to ensure its identification. No one other than the registered and authorised users is to use the product’s name.

Recent GI Tag in India

Recently, a lot of products from different states and UTs have been given GI tags. Gucci Mushroom is one such example where J&K has sought GI tag for it. They are locally called Thuntoo and are considered to be one of the most expensive varieties.

Recent GI Tags 2022

Categories

States

Manipuri Black Rice

Food Stuff

Manipur

Dindigul Locks

Manufactured

Tamil Nadu

Kodaikanal Malai Poondu

Agricultural

Tamil Nadu

Gulbarga Tur Dal

Agricultural

Karnataka

Hmaram

Handicraft

Mizoram

Tawlhlohpuan

Handicraft

Mizoram

Tirur Betel Leaf (Tirur Vettila)

Agricultural

Kerala

Palani Panchamirtham

Food Stuff

Tamil Nadu

Idu Mishmi Textiles

Handicraft

Arunachal Pradesh

Kandangi Saree

Handicraft

Tamil Nadu

Ngotekherh

Handicraft

Mizoram

Kandhamal Haladi

Agricultural

Odisha

Khola Chilli

Agricultural

Goa

Kaji Nemu

Agricultural

Assam

Srivilliputtur Palkova

Food Stuff

Tamil Nadu

Mizo Puanchei

Handicraft

Mizoram

Rasagola

Food Stuff

Odisha

Kashmir Saffron

Agriculture

Jammu & Kashmir

Pawndum

Handicraft

Mizoram

State-Wise List of GI Tag in India

Knowing the relevance of this topic in your UPSC preparation, we have also provided you with a state-wise GI tag list allotted to the many unique products manufactured in different parts of the country.

State

GI Tag in India

GI Tag in Andhra Pradesh

Kondapalli Bommallu

Venkatagiri Sarees

Allagadda Stone Carving

Udayagiri Wooden Cutlery

Machilipatnam Kalamkari

Bandar Laddu

Srikalahasthi Kalamkari

Budithi Bell & Brass Metal Craft

Andhra Pradesh Leather Puppetry

Mangalagiri Sarees and Fabrics

Tirupati Laddu

Etikoppaka Toys

Uppada Jamdani Sarees

Araku Valley Arabica Coffee

Dharmavaram Handloom Pattu Sarees And Paavadas

Bobbili Veena

Durgi Stone Carvings

Guntur Sannam Chilli

Arunachal Pradesh

Idu Mishmi Textiles and Arunachal Orange

GI Tags in Assam

Assam Karbi Anglong Ginger

Muga Silk of Assam

Tezpur Litchi

Muga Silk of Assam (Logo)

Boka Chaul

Kaji Nemu

Joha Rice of Assam

GI Tags in Bihar

Sikki Grass Products of Bihar (Logo)

Bhagalpuri Zardalu

Sikki Grass Products of Bihar

Sujini Embroidery Work of Bihar

Applique (Khatwa) Work of Bihar

Madhubani Paintings

Silao Khaja

Maghai Paan

Bhagalpur Silk

Applique (Khatwa) Work of Bihar (Logo)

Shahi Litchi of Bihar

Katarni Rice

Sujini Embroidery Work of Bihar(Logo)

GI Tag in Chhattisgarh

Bastar Wooden Craft

Bastar Dhokra

Bastar Iron Craft

GI Tags in Indian 2022 in Goa

Khola Chilli

Feni

Gujarat GI Tag List

Patan Patola

Jamnagari Bandhani

Agates of Cambay (Logo)

Kutch Embroidery

Kachchh Shawls

Rajkot Patola

Tangaliya Shawl

Agates of Cambay

Sankheda Furniture (Logo)

Gir Kesar Mango

Bhalia Wheat

Kutch Embroidery (Logo)

Surat Zari Craft

Sankheda Furniture

Pethapur Printing Blocks

List of GI tags in Himachal Pradesh

Kullu ShawL (Logo)

Kangra Tea

Chamba Rumal

Kinnauri Shawl

Kangra Paintings

Himachali Chulli Oil

Himachali Kala Zeera

Kullu Shawl

GI tags of Jammu & Kashmir

Kashmiri Hand Knotted Carpet

Kani Shawl

Saffron (Mongra, Lachha, Guchhi)

Kashmir Walnut Wood Carving

Kashmir Pashmina

Khatamband

Kashmir Paper Mache

Jharkhand

Sohrai – Khovar Painting

GI Tag of Karnataka

Kamalapur Red Banana

Appemidi Mango

Mysore Traditional Paintings

Chikmagalur Arabica Coffee

Bangalore Blue Grapes

Kinhal Toys

Mysore Betel leaf

Mysore Sandalwood Oil

Udupi Sarees

Udupi Mallige

Devanahalli Pomelo

Karnataka Bronzeware

Sandur Lambani Embroidery

Ganjifa Cards of Mysore

Ilkal Sarees

Coorg Green Cardamom

Mysore Silk

Navalgund Durries

Kasuti Embroidery

Gulbarga Tur Dal

Bidriware

Mysore Sandal soap

Mysore Silk (Logo)

Channapatna Toys & Dolls

Coorg Orange

Mysore Rosewood Inlay

Sirsi Supari

Coorg Arabica Coffee

Hadagali Mallige

Bababudangiri Arabica Coffee

Mysore Agarbathi

Mysore Mallige

Dharwad Pedha

Nanjangud Banana

List of GI Tags in Kerala

Wayanad Jeerakasala Rice A

Chengalikodan Nendran Banana

Screw Pine Craft of Kerala

Tirur Betel Leaf (Tirur Vettila)

Maddalam of Palakkad (Logo)

Cannanore Home Furnishings

Kuthampully Sarees

Alleppey Green Cardamom

Alleppey Coir

Pokkali Rice

Palakkadan Matta Rice

Brass Broidered Coconut Shell Crafts of Kerala

Maddalam of Palakkad

Navara Rice

Brass Broidered Coconut Shell Craft of Kerala (Logo)

Kasaragod Sarees

Kaipad Rice

Vazhakulam Pineapple

Wayanad Gandhakasala Rice

Chendamangalam Dhoties & Set Mundu

Kuthampully Dhoties & Set Mundu

Wayanad Robusta Coffee

Balaramapuram Sarees and Fine Cotton Fabrics

Central Travancore Jaggery

Payyannur Pavithra Ring

Screw Pine Craft of Kerala (Logo

Nilambur Teak

Marayoor Jaggery (Marayoor Sharkara)

GI Tags in Madhya Pradesh

Bagh Prints of Madhya Pradesh

Jhabua Kadaknath Black Chicken Meat

Leather Toys of Indore

Maheshwar Sarees & Fabrics

Ratlami Sev

Bell Metal Ware of Datia and Tikamgarh

Bagh Prints of Madhya Pradesh (Logo )

Leather Toys of Indore (Logo)

Bell Metal Ware of Datia and Tikamgarh (Logo)

Chanderi Sarees

GI Tag of Maharashtra

Paithani Sarees and Fabrics

Sangli Turmeric

Nashik Valley Wine

Solapur Terry Towel

Beed Custard Apple

Bhiwapur Chil

Vengurla Cashew

Nashik Grapes

Mahabaleshwar Strawberry

Lasalgaon Onion

Solapur Pomegranate

Kolhapur Jaggery

Waigaon Turmeric

Marathwada Kesar Mango

Navapur Tur Dal

Waghya Ghevada

Purandar Fig

Alphonso

Jalna Sweet Orange

Sangli Raisins

Ajara Ghansal Rice

Jalgaon Bharit Brinjal

Sindhudurg & Ratnagiri Kokum

Jalgaon Banana

Mangalwedha Jowar

Solapur Chaddar

Puneri Pagadi

Karvath Kati Sarees & Fabrics

Dahanu Gholvad Chikoo

Ambemohar Rice

Manipur

Moirang Phee

Kachai Lemon

Wangkhei Phee

Chak-Hao

Shaphee Lanphee

GI Tag Meghalaya

Khasi Mandarin and Memong Narang

Mizoram

Mizo Chilli

Tawlhlohpuan

Hmaram

Mizo Puanchei

Ngotekherh

Pawndum

GI Tags of Nagaland

Naga Mircha, Naga Tree Tomato and

Chakhesang Shawl

Orissa

Orissa Pattachitra (Logo)

Konark Stone carving

Habaspuri Saree & Fabrics

Orissa Pattachitra

Kotpad Handloom fabric

Berhampur Patta (Phoda Kumbha) Saree & Joda

Ganjam Kewda Rooh

Khandua Saree and Fabrics

Ganjam Kewda Flower

Pipli Applique Work

Gopalpur Tussar Fabrics

Orissa Ikat

Odisha Rasagola

Sambalpuri Bandha Saree & Fabrics

Bomkai Saree & Fabrics

Kandhamal Haladi

Dhalapathar Parda & Fabrics

GI Tags of Rajasthan

Bikaneri Bhujia

Molela Clay Work

Molela Clay Work of Rajasthan (Logo)

Makrana Marble

Blue Pottery of Jaipur (Logo)

Bagru Hand Block Print

Kathputlis of Rajasthan (Logo)

Blue Pottery of Jaipur

Kathputlis of Rajasthan

Kota Doria (Logo)

Pokaran Pottery

Thewa Art Work

Kota Doria

GI tag in Tamil Nadu

Dindigul Locks

Thanjavur Doll

Pattamadai Pai (“Pattamadai Mat”)

Erode Manjal (Erode Turmeric)

Palani Panchamirtham

Kodaikanal Malai Poondu

Nachiarkoil Kuthuvilakku (“Nachiarkoil Lamp”)

Thanjavur Paintings

Thanjavur Art Plate

Mahabalipuram Stone Sculpture

Virupakshi Hill Banana

Arani Silk

Madurai Sungudi

Sirumalai Hill Banana

Kancheepuram Silk

Kovilpatti Kadalai Mittai

East India Leather

Chettinad Kottan

Thanjavur Art Plate (Logo)

Swamimalai Bronze Icons

Thanjavur Pith Works

Temple Jewellery of Nagercoil (Logo)

Toda Embroidery

Thirubuvanam Silk Sarees

Salem Silk known as Salem Venpattu

Coimbatore Wet Grinder

Temple Jewellery of Nagercoil

Eathamozhi Tall Coconut

Arumbavur Wood Carvings

Kovai Kora Cotton Sarees

Swamimalai Bronze Icons (Logo)

Srivilliputtur Palkova

Nilgiri (Orthodox)

Madurai Malli

Salem Fabric

Kandangi Saree

Thanjavur Veenai

GI Tag of Tripura

Tripura Queen Pineapple

Telangana

Nirmal Furniture

Silver Filigree of Karimnagar

Pochampally Ikat

Adilabad Dokra

Warangal Durries

Hyderabad Haleem

Siddipet Gollabhama

Narayanpet Handloom Sarees

Nirmal Toys and Craft

Cheriyal Paintings

Telia Rumal

Pochampally Ikat (Logo)

Nirmal Paintings

Gadwal Sarees

Uttar Pradesh

Lucknow Chikan Craft

Banaras Brocades and Sarees (Logo)

Kannauj Perfume

Firozabad Glass

Banaras Brocades and Sarees

Nizamabad Black Pottery

Allahabad Surkha Guava

Meerut Scissors

Saharanpur Wood Craft

Ghazipur Wall Hanging

Varanasi Soft Stone Jali Work

Khurja Pottery

Chunar Balua Patthar

Farrukhabad Prints

Malihabadi Dusseheri mango

Kanpur Saddlery

Moradabad Metal Craft

Agra Durrie

Lucknow Zardozi

Mirzapur Handmade Dari

Gorakhpur Terracotta

Varanasi Wooden Lacquerware & Toys

Banaras Gulabi Meenakari Craft

Hand-Made Carpet of Bhadohi

Kalanamak Rice

Varanasi Glass beads

Banaras Métal Repoussé Craft

GI Tags of West Bengal

Malda Laxman Bhog Mango

Nakshi Kantha

Darjeeling Tea (word & logo)

Madur Kathi

Santipur Saree

Joynagar Moa

Gobindobhog Rice

Baluchari Saree

Purulia Chhau Mask

Khirsapati (Himsagar) mangoes

Bankura Panchmura Terracotta Craft

Wooden Mask of Kushmandi

Banglar Rasogolla

Dhaniakhali Saree

Malda Fazli Mango

Bardhaman Mihidana

Bardhaman Sitabhog

Tulaipanji Rice

Santiniketan Leather Goods

Bengal Patachitra

Regulation GI Tags

Geographical Indication tags are a part of the Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) as guided by the Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property. Owing to the origin of GIs, they are regulated on different levels;

  • On an international level, GI tags are overseen by the World Trade Organisation’s agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS).
  • On a domestic level, GI tags and their registrations are administered under the Geographical Indications of Goods (Registration and Protection) Act, 1999 which came into effect on the 15th of September 2003.
  • It was the product from West Bengal, Darjeeling Tea, that was accorded with the first GI tag in India in the year 2004-05.

Significance of GI Tags

GI tags, simply put, identifies those who have the right to use the said product’s marketability. It prohibits its usage by a third party whose products do not meet the standards of the product.

For instance, producers of Kashmiri Saffron are to omit the term ‘Kashmiri’ if they fail to follow the set standards for the saffron grown on their plantation. However, a protected GI does not give the holder exclusive rights to the product’s manufacturing and its process. People are free to follow the same approaches as set out by the code of standards. A GI tag gives rights over the sign that constitutes the indication.

The significance of GI tags is great within the contexts of rural and national development. GI tags are usually for locally produced traditional products, manufactured by local communities for generations that, over time, grew in eminence and reputation owing to their precise qualities.

GI tags provide the much-needed recognition and protection to these products and the communities attached to them so that they continue to devote the time and energy towards the preservation of their quality and name.

Some of the observed rural development impacts of GI are:

  • The supply chain is structured around a common product reputation
  • Increased and stabilized prices for the GI product
  • Distributed through all the levels of the supply chain adds value
  • Natural resources can be preserved on which the product is based
  • Preservation of traditions and traditional expertise
  • Tourism can be boosted

Benefits of GI Tags

GI tags have great significance, as discussed above. However, they are also capable of extending greater benefits to their authorised users, like;

  • they extend legal protection to the products
  • They prevent unauthorised use of GI tag products
  • They help consumers to get quality products with desired traits
  • They assure customers of a product’s authenticity
  • They promote the economic prosperity of producers of GI tag goods by enhancing their demand on a national and an international front.

Protection of GI Tags

A wide roster of approaches ensures the protection and preservation of GI tags in different national and regional systems. These approaches can be consolidated with one another to do their job. Three major ways to protect a geographical indication are;

  • Special regimes of protection (sui generis systems)
  • Collective/certification marks
  • Techniques like the administrative product and approval schemes for concentrating on business practices.

Over time, these approaches have developed in accordance with varying legal practices and with the different historical and economic circumstances in mind.

GI Tag UPSC

GI Tag or geographical indication tag is an important topic for the upcoming IAS Exam. Questions from GI Tags UPSC have often been asked in UPSC Prelims and Mains. Candidates must go through the UPSC Books to ensure that all related specifics are covered in a comprehensive manner. It is an important topic from UPSC Syllabus and the latest current affairs related to GI Tags in India must be prepared.

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GI Tags in India UPSC Questions

Candidates should also go through the UPSC Previous Year Question Papers to understand the kinds of questions asked from the GI tag UPSC topic. A few examples of questions are

Question: GI Tag in India is given as per the ...…….

  1. New Design Act, 2000
  2. Indian Copyright Act, 1957
  3. Patent Act, 1970
  4. Geographical Indications (Registration and Protection) Act,1999

Answer:- 4

Question: Geographical Indication (GI Tag) is granted for how many years in India?

  1. 20 years
  2. 10 years
  3. 50 years
  4. For an unlimited time

Answer: 2

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FAQs on GI Tags 

  • The Gucchi mushroom, one of the most expensive mushrooms in the world, from the state of Jammu and Kashmir was recently given the GI tag in India.

  • Union industry minister Suresh Prabhu unveiled the logo and tagline for GI tags. It is as follows, “Invaluable Treasures of Incredible India”

  • Geographical Indication Registry under the Department of Industry Promotion and Internal Trade, Ministry of Commerce and Industry issues GI Tags in India. 

  • The Rasogulla was first made by Nobin Chandra Das in Kolkata, which he later popularized in India. The Registrar of the Chennai GI office gave the GI tag to the Banglar Rasogulla of West Bengal.

  • Karnataka has the highest number of GI tags i.e. 47 products followed by Tamil Nadu at 39. 

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