Srinagar, Jan 8: The Jammu and Kashmir government on Friday sought details of items which require Geographical Indications in order to protect them from counter branding.
Geographical Indication or GI is a sign used on products that have a specific geographical origin and possess qualities or a reputation that are due to that origin. These are typically used for Agricultural Products, Food stuffs, Handicrafts and Industrial Products.
The Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India has advised that all the departments of the J&K may be directed to furnish details of items which require geographical indications registration under the Geographical Indications of Goods (Registration and Protection) Act of 1999, reads a circular issued by Manoj Kumar Dwevidi, Commissioner Secretary to the Government Industries and Commerce Department.
As a part of the efforts to protect the local goods known for their qualities and reputation, nine items including Saffron from Jammu and Kashmir have Geographical Indications registration.
“There are many goods which require protection so as to avoid counter branding of the same,” the circular reads, adding, “Therefore, it is enjoined upon all the Administrative Secretaries to furnish details of items which require Geographical Indications registration with Industries and Commerce Department, so that same is shared with the Ministry of commerce and Industry, Government of India.” (GNS)