Utpal Borpujari /New Delhi
After the famed Assamese Muga silk, Naga King chilly and Tripura’s Queen Pineapple, among others, the intricately-designed shawl of the Chakhesang Naga tribe has become the latest product from the Northeast to get the Geographical Indication (GI) Registration, thereby ensuring that its purity and authenticity remains unadulterated.
It’s the third product from Nagaland, after Naga Mircha (King Chilly) and Naga Tree Tomato to the GI registration. The recognition to the Chakhesang shawl came on the basis of an application filed by the Chakhesang Women Welfare Society based in Pfutsero town of Phek district of Nagaland, local media reports said.
The list of the latest products to get the GI registration, including he Chakhesang shawl, was published in the latest ‘Registration Details of Geographical Indications’ issued by Intellectual Property India (IPI), a Government of India agency.
Till now, 18 products from Northeast India have received the GI tag, including six from Assam (Muga Silk product & logo, Assam Orthodox tea logo, KarbiAnglong ginger, Tezpur litchi and Joha Rice), one from Arunachal Pradesh (Arunachal Orange), three from Nagaland, three from Manipur (ShapheeLanphee, WangkheiPhee, and Kachai Lemon), two from Meghalaya (Khasi Mandarin, MemongNarang, one from Mizoram (MizoChilli), one from Sikkim (Sikkim Large Cardamom) and one from Tripura (Tripura Queen Pineapple).
India, as a member of the World Trade Organization (WTO), enacted the Geographical Indications of Goods (Registration & Protection) Act, 1999, which came into effect from September 15, 2003.
The Act ensures that only registered authorised users or residence of territory within the tag are allowed to use the popular product name, thus conferring upon it legal protection and helping in preventing misuse of a registered GI.
Incidentally, Darjeeling tea (product and logo) was the first GI tagged product in India in 2004-05.