GI Tags in India - State-Wise Recent GI Tag 2022 List PDF | UPSC

By Shubhra Anand Jain|Updated : September 23rd, 2022

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

GI Tag UPSC Topic is important for both UPSC Prelims and Mains Exam. Questions have often been asked from the GI Tag List and recent GI Tags in India. 

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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.

List of GI Tag in India 2022 PDF

  • 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.
  • GI Tags in India 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 Tag, a sign must be there on it to ensure its identification. No one other than the registered and authorized users is to use the product’s name.

Latest GI Tag in India

The J&K government is seeking GI Tag for Kashmir Namda and Gabba which are wollen rugs originating the valley. They have also applied for GI Tag for Shikara and Kashmir Willow bat. 

NABARD has also applied for GI Tag for Nyishi handlooms originating in Arunachal Pradesh.

Recent GI Tags in India 2022

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

GI Tag 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

Geographical Indications in India

Recently, Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts (EPCH-India) organized a Geographical Indications Fair 2022 to promote the GI Tags in India. Products that are assigned a GI Tag are considered to be a "Invaluable treasures of Incredible India". 

Highlights of GI Tag in India

GI Tag Full Form 

Geographical Indication Tag

Total GI Tags in India 2022

More than 390

Categories of GI Tag Products in India

Handicrafts & Handloom

Agricultural Products 

Food Stuff 

Manufactured 

Natural Products

List of GI Tag in India 2022 [State-Wise]

The GI Tag List in India is divided as per states and keeps updating. The latest list of GI Tagged Products in India is as follows. 

GI Tag in Andhra Pradesh

  1. Allagadda Stone Carving
  2. Andhra Pradesh Leather Puppetry
  3. Bobbili Veena
  4. Budithi Bell & Brass Metal Craft
  5. Dharmavaram Handloom Pattu Sarres And Paavadas
  6. Durgi Stone Carvings
  7. Etikoppaka Toys
  8. Kondapalli Bommallu
  9. Machilipatnam Kalamkari
  10. Mangalagiri Sarees and Fabrics
  11. Srikalahasthi Kalamkari
  12. Udayagiri Wooden Cutlery
  13. Uppada Jamdani Sarees
  14. Venkatagiri Sarees
  15. Araku Valley Arabica Coffee
  16. Banaganapalle Mangoes
  17. Guntur Sannam Chilli
  18. Bandar Laddu
  19. Tirupathi Laddu

GI Tag of Arunachal Pradesh 2022

There are two GI Tag in AP as of 2022 which are Idu Mishmi Textiles and Arunachal Orange. The tribal woman makes the Idu Mishmi Textiles of the Mishmi tribe while the Arunachal Orange is also known as Khasi Mandarin. 

S.No

GI Tags 

Type

1.

Arunachal Orange

Agricultural

2.

Idu Mishmi Textile

Handicraft

GI Tag of Assam

The updated Assam GI Tag list 2022 contains handicrafts and Food/agricultural products. 

  1. Muga Silk of Assam - Handicraft
  2. Muga Silk of Assam (Logo) - Handicraft
  3. Assam-Orthodox - Agricultural
  4. Assam Karbi Anglong Ginger - Agricultural
  5. Boka Chaul - Agricultural
  6. Chokuwa Rice of Assam - Agricultural
  7. Joha Rice of Assam - Agricultural
  8. Judima - Agricultural
  9. Gamosa - Handicraft
  10. Kaji Nemu - Agricultural

Bihar GI Tag List 2022

The updated GI Tag Products of Bihar include Handicrafts and agricultural products. The latest addition is the Mithila Makhana is a unique type of fox nuts used in Kojagara Puja in Bihar. 

Bihar GI Tag List

Applique (Khatwa) Work of Bihar

Handicraft

Applique (Khatwa) Work of Bihar (Logo)

Handicraft

Bhagalpur Silk

Handicraft

Madhubani Paintings

Handicraft

Manjusha Art

Handicraft

Sikki Grass Products of Bihar

Handicraft

Sikki Grass Products of Bihar (Logo)

Handicraft

Sujini Embroidery Work of Bihar

Handicraft

Sujini Embroidery Work of Bihar (Logo)

Handicraft

Bhagalpuri Zardalu

Handicraft

Katarni Rice

Food

Magahi Paan

Food

Shahi Litchi of Bihar

Food

Mithila Makhana

Food

Chhattisgarh GI Tag 2022

The latest list of Geographical Indication Tag of Chhattisgarh include 6 products. Recently, Caprah, which is a red ant chutney of Bastar in Chhattisgarh is also seeking a GI Tag. 

  1. Bastar Dhokra
  2. Bastar Iron Craft
  3. Bastar Dhokra (Logo)
  4. Bastar Wooden Craft
  5. Champa Silk Saree And Fabrics
  6. Jeeraphool

Goa GI Tags 2022

The GI Tagged products of Goa include the famous alcohol Feni along with dish of Goan Khaje. 

GI Tag of Goa

Type

Harmal Chilli

Food / Agriculture

Khola Chilli

Food / Agriculture

Myndoli Banana

Food / Agriculture

Goan Khaje

Food / Agriculture

Feni

Manufactured

GI Tag of Gujarat 2022

Gujarat prides itself on 17 GI Tagged products which mostly include handicrafts such as patola and kutch embroidery.

  1. Rajkot Patola
  2. Agates of Cambay
  3. Agates of Cambay (Logo)
  4. Jamnagari Bandhani
  5. Kachchh Shawls
  6. Kutch Embroidery
  7. Kutch Embroidery (Logo)
  8. Patan Patola
  9. Pethapur Printing Blocks
  10. Pithora Painting
  11. Sankheda Furniture
  12. Sankheda Furniture (Logo)
  13. Surat Zari Craft
  14. Tangaliya Shawl
  15. Warli Painting
  16. Bhalia Wheat
  17. Gir Kesar Mango

GI Tag 2022 List of Haryana & Himachal Pradesh

Haryana has 2 GI Tag which is Phulkari and Basmati while Himachal has 10 GI Tags. The Himachal administration is also seeking GI Tags for Chamba “thaal” and maize grown in the Salooni area. GI tags of Punjab are also the same as Haryana. 

GI Tag of Himachal Pradesh 2022

Type

Chamba Chappal

Handicraft

Chumba Rumal

Handicraft

Kangra Painting

Handicraft

Kinnauri Shawl

Handicraft

Kullu Shawl

Handicraft

Lahauli Knitted Socks & Gloves

Handicraft

Basmati Rice

Agricultural / Food

Himanchali Kala Zeera

Agricultural / Food

Kangra Tea

Agricultural / Food

Himachali Chulli Oil

Agricultural / Food

GI Tag Jammu and Kashmir 2022

The latest GI Tag list of Jammu and Kashmir includes the following products. 

  • Kani Shawl
  • Kashmir Paper Mache
  • Kashmir Pashmina Shawl
  • Kashmir Sozani Embroidery
  • Kashmir Walnut Wood Carving
  • Kashmir Hand Knotted Carpet
  • Kashmir Khatamband
  • Kashmir Basmati Rice
  • Kashmir Saffron

GI Tag of Jharkhand is Sohrai – Khovar Painting which is a tribal painting famous in rituals at Hazaribagh district. The red ant chutney seeking GI tag becomes ‘demta’ in Jharkhand. 

GI Tag of Karnataka 2022

The complete GI Tag 2022 List of Karnataka includes more than 45 products ranging from handicrafts, food, agricultural, and manufactured products. 

Karnataka

Bidriware

Handicraft

Channapatna Toys & Dolls

Handicraft

Ganjifa Cards of Mysore

Handicraft

Ganjifa Cards of Mysore (Logo)

Handicraft

Guledgudd Khana

Handicraft

Ilkal Sarees

Handicraft

Karnataka Bronzeware

Handicraft

Karnataka Bronzeware (Logo)

Handicraft

Kasuti Embroidery

Handicraft

Kinhal Toys

Handicraft

Kolhapuri Chappal

Handicraft

Molakalmuru Sarees

Handicraft

Mysore Rosewood Inlay

Handicraft

Mysore Silk

Handicraft

Mysore Silk (Logo)

Handicraft

Mysore Traditional Paintings

Handicraft

Navalgund Durries

Handicraft

Navalgund Durries (LOGO)

Handicraft

Sandur Lambani Embroidery

Handicraft

Udupi Sarees

Handicraft

Mysore Agarbathi

Handicraft

Byadgi chilli

Food/Agricultural

Appemidi Mango

Food/Agricultural

Bababudangiris Arabica Coffee

Food/Agricultural

Bangalore Blue Grapes

Food/Agricultural

Bangalore Rose Onion

Food/Agricultural

Byadagi Chilli

Food/Agricultural

Chikmagalur Arabica Coffee

Food/Agricultural

Coorg Arabica Coffee

Food/Agricultural

Coorg Green Cardamom

Food/Agricultural

Coorg Orange

Food/Agricultural

Devanahalli Pomello

Food/Agricultural

Hadagali Malligae

Food/Agricultural

Kamalapur Red Banana

Food/Agricultural

Malabar Pepper

Food/Agricultural

Monsooned Malabar Arabica Coffee

Food/Agricultural

Monsooned Malabar Robusta Coffee

Food/Agricultural

Mysore Betel leaf

Food/Agricultural

Mysore Malligae

Food/Agricultural

Nanjanagud Banana

Food/Agricultural

Sirsi Supari

Food/Agricultural

Udupi Malligae

Food/Agricultural

Udupi Mattu Gulla Brinjal

Food/Agricultural

Dharwad Pedha

Food/Agricultural

Mysore Sandal soap

Manufactured

Mysore Sandalwood Oil

Manufactured

Kerela GI Tag 2022

The updated List of GI Tag in Kerala also include around 31 products. Nilambur teak is one of the most talked about GI tag of Kerala

  1. Alleppey Coir
  2. Aranmula Kannadi
  3. Balaramapuram Sarees and Fine Cotton Fabrics
  4. Brass Broidered Coconut Shell Crafts of Kerala
  5. Brass Broidered Coconut Shell Craft of Kerala (Logo)
  6. Cannanore Home Furnishings
  7. Chendamangalam Dhoties & Set Mundu
  8. Kasaragod Sarees
  9. Kuthampally Dhoties & Set Mundu
  10. Kuthampully Sarees
  11. Maddalam of Palakkad
  12. Maddalam of Palakkad (Logo)
  13. Payyannur Pavithra Ring
  14. Screw Pine Craft of Kerala
  15. Screw Pine Craft of Kerala (Logo)
  16. Alleppey Green Cardamom
  17. Central Travancore Jaggery
  18. Chengalikodan Nendran Banana
  19. Edayur Chilli
  20. Kaipad Rice
  21. Kuttiattoor Mango (Kuttiattoor Manga)
  22. Marayoor Jaggery (Marayoor Sharkara)
  23. Navara Rice
  24. Nilambur Teak
  25. Palakkadan Matta Rice
  26. Pokkali Rice
  27. Tirur Betel Leaf (Tirur Vettila)
  28. Vazhakulam Pineapple
  29. Wayanaad Robusta Coffee
  30. Wayanad Gandhakasala Rice
  31. Wayanad Jeerakasala Rice

Madhya Pradesh GI Tag List 2022

The GI Tag list of Madhya Pradesh 2022 includes handicrafts and food agricultural products such as Nagpur Orange and Black Chicken Meat of Jhabua Kadaknath.

  1. Bagh Print of Madhya Pradesh
  2. Bagh Prints of Madhya Pradesh (Logo)
  3. Bell Metal Ware of Datia and Tikamgarh
  4. Bell Metal Ware of Datia and Tikamgarh (Logo)
  5. Chanderi-sarees
  6. Leather Toys of Indore
  7. Leather Toys of Indore (Logo)
  8. Maheshwar Sarees & Fabrics
  9. Balaghat Chinnor
  10. Mahoba Desawari Pan
  11. Nagpur Orange
  12. Jhabua Kadaknath Black Chicken Meat
  13. Ratlami Sev

GI Tag in Maharashtra

Mostly all GI Tags in Maharasthra are food and agricultural related. The famous Nashik Valley Wine is also GI tagged product in India. 

S. No

Maharashtra GI Tags 

Type of GI Tag

1

Karvath Kati Sarees & Fabrics

Handicraft

2

Paithani Sarees and Fabrics

Handicraft

3

Puneri Pagadi

Handicraft

4

Solapur Chaddar

Handicraft

5

Solapur Terry Towel

Handicraft

6

Ajara Ghansal Rice

Agriculture / Food

7

Alphonso

Agriculture / Food

8

Ambemohar Rice

Agriculture / Food

9

Beed Custard Apple

Agriculture / Food

10

Bhiwapur Chilli

Agriculture / Food

11

Dahanu Gholvad Chikoo

Agriculture / Food

12

Jalgaon Banana

Agriculture / Food

13

Jalgaon Bharit Brinjal

Agriculture / Food

14

Jalna Sweet Orange

Agriculture / Food

15

Kolhapur Jaggery

Agriculture / Food

16

Lasalgaon Onion

Agriculture / Food

17

Mahabaleshwar Strawberry

Agriculture / Food

18

Mangalwedha Jowar

Agriculture / Food

19

Marathwada Kesar Mango

Agriculture / Food

20

Nashik Grapes

Agriculture / Food

21

Navapur Tur Dal

Agriculture / Food

22

Purandar Fig

Agriculture / Food

23

Sangli Raisins

Agriculture / Food

24

Sangli Turmeric

Agriculture / Food

25

Sindhudurg & Ratnagiri Kokum

Agriculture / Food

26

Solapur Pomegranate

Agriculture / Food

27

Vengurla Cashew

Agriculture / Food

28

Waghya Ghevada

Agriculture / Food

29

Waigaon Turmeric

Agriculture / Food

30

Nashik Valley Wine

Manufactured

List of GI Tag of Manipur, Meghalaya and Mizoram

Meghalaya GI Tag List 2022 contains two products Khasi Mandarin and Memong Narang which are both food and agricultural products. Tripura Queen Pineapple is a GI tagged product of Tripura. 

Manipur GI Tags 2022

Mizoram GI Tag

Moirang Phee

Hmaram

Shaphee Lanphee

Mizo Puanchei

Wangkhei Phee

Ngotekherh

Chak - Hao

Pawndum

Hathei Chilli

Tawlhlohpuan

Kachai Lemon

Mizo Chilli

Tamenglong Orange

Mizo Ginger

GI Tag List for Nagaland include the following products

  • Chakshesang Shawl - Handicraft
  • Chak-Hao - Food/ Agriculture 
  • Naga Cucumber- Food/ Agriculture 
  • Naga Mircha- Food/ Agriculture 
  • Naga Tree Tomato- Food/ Agriculture 

GI Tag of Odisha

As per the latest database, there are 18 GI tag of Odisha 2022 which includes textiles and fabric such as Ikat and Bomkai Sarees. The GI tag products of Odisha also highlight food and stone carvings. 

  1. Berhampur Patta (Phoda Kumbha) Saree & Joda
  2. Bomkai Sarees
  3. Dhalapathar Parda & Fabrics
  4. Gopalpur Tussar Fabrics
  5. Habaspuri Saree & Fabrics
  6. Khandua Saree and Fabrics
  7. Konark Stone carving
  8. Kotpad Handloom fabric
  9. Orissa Ikat
  10. Orissa Pattachitra
  11. Orissa Pattachitra (Logo)
  12. Pipli Applique Work
  13. Sambalpuri Bandha Saree & Fabrics
  14. Araku Valley Arabica Coffee
  15. Ganjam Kewda Flower
  16. Kandhamal Haladi
  17. Odisha Rasagola
  18. Ganjam Kewda Rooh

Pondicherry GI Tags include Tirukanur Papier Mache Craft and Villianur Terracotta Works

Latest GI Tags of Rajasthan

Complete list of GI Tagged products in India belonging to Rajasthan are as follows. 

  • Bagru Hand Block Print
  • Blue Pottery of Jaipur
  • Blue Pottery of Jaipur (logo)
  • Kathputlis of Rajasthan
  • Kathputlis of Rajasthan (Logo)
  • Kota Doria
  • Kota Doria (Logo)
  • Molela Clay Work
  • Molela Clay Work of Rajasthan (Logo)
  • Pokaran Pottery
  • Sanganer Handblock Printing
  • Thewa Art Work
  • Sojat Mehndi
  • Bikaneri Bhujia
  • Makrana-Marble
  • Sikkim
  • Dalle Khursani
  • Sikkim Large Cardamom

GI Tag in Tamil Nadu

List of GI Tag in Tamilnadu 2022 include a mixed bag if handicrafts, manufactured products and food items. Mundu Chilli grown by Ramnad farmers are also seeking the GI tag.

  1. Arani Silk
  2. Arumbavur Wood Carvings
  3. Bhavani Jamakkalam
  4. Chettinad Kottan
  5. Kallakurichi Wood Carving
  6. Kancheepuram Silk
  7. Kandangi Saree
  8. Karuppur Kalamkari Paintings
  9. Kovai Kora Cotton Sarees
  10. Madurai Malli
  11. Mahabalipuram Stone Sculpture
  12. Nachiarkoil Kuthuvilakku-Nachiarkoil Lamp
  13. Pattamadai Pai-Pattamadai Mat
  14. Salem Fabric
  15. Salem Silk known as Salem Venpattu
  16. Swamimalai Bronze Icons
  17. Swamimalai Bronze Icons (Logo)
  18. Temple Jewellery of Nagercoil
  19. Temple Jewellery of Nagercoil (Logo)
  20. Thanjavur Art Plate
  21. Thanjavur Art Plate logo
  22. Thanjavur Doll
  23. Thanjavur Netti Works
  24. Thanjavur Paintings
  25. Thanjavur Veenai
  26. Thirubuvanam Silk Sarees
  27. Toda Embroidery
  28. Eathomozhy Tall Coconut
  29. Erode Manjal (Erode Turmeric)
  30. Kanniyakumari Clove
  31. Kodaikanal Malai Poondu
  32. Nilgiri (Orthodox)
  33. Sirumalai Hill Banana
  34. Virupakshi Hill Banana
  35. Kovilpatti Kadalai Mittai
  36. Palani Panchamirtham
  37. Srivilliputtur Palkova
  38. Coimbatore Wet Grinder
  39. Dindigul Locks
  40. East India Leather
  41. Madurai Sungudi

Telangana GI Tag List 2022

Recently, lac bangles of Hyderabad get GI tag 2022. The updated Telangana gGI tag list year wise is mentioned below. 

S.No

GI Tags in Telangana

1.

Pochampally Ikat

2.

Silver Filigree of Karimnagar

3.

Nirmal toys and craft

4.

Nirmal furniture

5.

Nirmal paintings

6.

Gadwal Sarees

7.

Hyderabadi Haleem

8.

Cheriyal Paintings

9.

Pembarthi Metal Craft

10.

Siddipet Gollabhama

11.

Narayanpet Handloom Sarees

12.

Banaganapalle Mangoes

13.

Pochampally Ikat Logo

14.

Adilabad Dokra

15.

Warangal Durries

Uttar Pradesh GI Tag List 2022

The latest GI Tag list of Uttar Pradesh includes the majority of handicraft products along with food items like Agra Petha Sweets and Mathura Peda. 

S.no

GI Tags of Uttar Pradesh 

1

Agra Durrie

2

Banaras Brocades and Sarees

3

Banaras Brocades and Sarees (Logo)

4

Banaras Gulabi Meenakari Craft

5

Banaras Hand Block Print

6

Banaras Metal Repouse Craft

7

Banaras Wood Carving

8

Banaras Zardozi

9

Chunar Glaze Pottery

10

Farrukhabad Print

11

Firozabad Glass

12

Ghazipur Wall-hanging

13

Gorakhpur Terracotta

14

Hand Made Carpet of Bhadohi

15

Kanpur Saddlery

16

Khurja Pottery

17

Lucknow Chikan Craft

18

Lucknow Zardozi

19

Mirzapur Handmade Dari

20

Mau Saree

21

Mirzapur Pital Bartan

22

Moradabad Metal Craft

23

Nizamabad Black Pottery

24

Saharanpur Wood Craft

25

Varanasi Glass Beads

26

Varanasi Soft Stone Jali Work

27

Varanasi Wooden Lacquerware & Toys

28

Chunar Balua Patthar

29

Allahabad Surkha Guava

30

Kalanamak Rice

31

Mango Malihabadi Dusseheri

32

Rataul Mango

33

Meerut Scissors

34

Kannauj Perfume

35

Uttarakhand

36

Bhotia Dann of Uttarakhand

37

Uttarakhand Aipan Art

38

Uttarakhand Ringal Crafts

39

Uttarakhand Tamta Product

40

Uttarakhand Thulma

41

Kumaon Chyura Oil

42

Munsyari Razma

Uttarakhand Tejpatta is a GI Tag of Uttarakhand state along with Basmati rice. 

GI Tag of West Bengal 2022

The list of GI Tags of West Bengal includes food like Sitabhog, Mihidana and Fazli Mango. Handicraft products tagged with GI tag are mentioned below. 

  1. Baluchari Saree
  2. Bankura Panchmura Terracotta Craft
  3. Bengal Dokra
  4. Bengal Patachitra
  5. Dhaniakhali Saree
  6. Madur kathi
  7. Nakshi Kantha
  8. Purulia Chau Mask
  9. Santiniketan Leather Goods
  10. Santipore Saree
  11. Wooden Mask of Kushmandi
  12. Darjeeling Tea (word & logo)
  13. Gobindobhog Rice
  14. Malda Fazli Mango
  15. Malda Khirsapati (Himsagar) Mango
  16. Malda Laxman Bhog Mango
  17. Tulapanji Rice
  18. Banglar Rasogolla
  19. Bardhaman Mihidana
  20. Bardhaman Sitabhog
  21. Joynagar Moa

Regulation of GI Tags in India

Geographical Indication tags is 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 tag 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.
  • The product from West Bengal, Darjeeling Tea, that was accorded with the first GI tag in India in the year 2004-05.

Importance 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 rural and national development contexts. 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 their time and energy towards preserving 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

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 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.

Download List of GI Tag UPSC Notes PDF

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 Tag

  • Geographical Indication or GI is a tag used on products, natural or man-made, associated with a particular region or geographical location in a country. GI tag can be given to a wide range of products - agricultural, handicraft, foodstuff, or manufactured goods. GI tag is an acknowledgment of the intellectual property of the product.

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

  • Karnataka has the highest number of GI tags i.e. 47 products such as Mysore Silk and Appemidi Mango. The second highest GI Tags in India is in Tamil Nadu. 

  • Darjeeling tea was given the first GI Tag in India in 2004-2005. Both word & logo of Darjeeling Tea are GI tagged of West Bengal. 

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

  • The GI Tags in India hold a validity of 10 years. They can be renewed after 10 years. 

  • Nobin Chandra Das first made the Rasogulla 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.

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

    • They extend legal protection to the products.
    • They prevent unauthorized 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 international front.


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