Staff Reporter

It will help in marketing only genuine products

The registered proprietor and its authorised users will get exclusive legal right to use the GI

Over 95 different products from all over the country have been issued GI mark

BERHAMPUR: The famous handloom silk sarees manufactured in Sambalpur and Berhampur in Orissa would soon be included in the Government of India’s Geographical Indications (GI) registry.

This registry would provide statutory recognition of the geographical origin of these handloom textiles to their respective places of traditional manufacture.

Scientific officer of the National Research Development Corporation (NRDC), Bijaya Kumar Sahu, stated this during his address at a two-day regional seminar on ‘Intellectual property and innovation management in knowledge era’, which concluded on the Berhampur University campus on Friday.

Mr. Sahu said under the Geographical Indication of Goods (Registration and Protection) Act, 1999, agricultural, natural or manufactured goods originating or manufactured in the territory of a country or a region or locality in that territory, could register as Geographical Indications (GI). It provides the registered proprietor and its authorised users would get exclusive legal right to use the GI. They also have the right to obtain relief in case of its infringement. The GI registration would be a boon for handloom textile manufacturers of Berhampur and Sambalpur as it would ensure that only genuine products are marketed in the name of Sambalpuri saree or Berhampuri Pattu.

Mr. Sahu stated that more than 95 different products from all over the country have been issued GI mark by the GI registry authorities in Chennai. With GI registration the handloom products from Berhampur and Sambalpur would rub shoulders with elite traditional products of the country having GI registration like Darjeeling tea, Chanderi saree, Kancheepuram silk, Mysore sandal soap, Solapur terry towel and Kangra tea. After GI registration the traditional weavers of Sambalpur and Berhampur could register themselves to become GI registered weavers. The membership would ensure regular inspections by internal and external experts so that the cultural tradition remains intact without the fear of fakes destroying their market. It may be noted that the famous wheel of Konark Sun temple is already in the list of GI registry. The other traditional products of the State, which have been included in the GI registry of the country include Kotpad handloom from Koraput district, Khandua Pattu and appliqué work of Pipli.