CM Capt Amarinder Singh opposes MP’s GI tag claim, writes to Prime Minister - ECAS Punjab

CM Capt Amarinder Singh opposes MP’s GI tag claim, writes to Prime Minister

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Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 5

Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking his intervention to not allow geographical indication (GI) tagging of basmati to Madhya Pradesh in the larger interest of Punjab and other states, which already have GI tag for basmati.

Noting that the All India Rice Exporters Association is also vigorously opposed to consider any claim of MP for GI tag, raising concerns about its negative impact on Indian export potential, the Chief Minister said India exported basmati to the tune of Rs 33,000 crore every year, but any dilution in the registration of Indian basmati might give advantage to Pakistan (which also produces basmati as per GI tagging) in the international market on quality parameters.

Relevance of tag

A geographical indication (GI) tag can be issued for goods that are originating in the territory of a country or a locality in that territory. It works like a trademark, wherein a product belongs exclusively to a particular territory

In his letter to the PM, Capt Amarinder has drawn his attention to the economically and socially important issue, saying GI tagging of MP basmati would negatively impact the state's agriculture and also India's basmati exports.

Urging Modi to direct the authorities concerned not to disturb the status quo in this matter, the Chief Minister said this was essential for safeguarding the interests of farmers and Basmati exporters of India.

Madhya Pradesh, said Capt Amarinder, "does not fall under the specialised zone for basmati cultivation." He claimed that MP's move to get its area included for basmati tagging was a direct violation of the GI tagging procedure and laws and any attempt to breach the GI tagging areas would not only hit the status of aromatic basmati cultivation in India's specialised area, but would also negate the purpose of GI tagging regulation.

Apart from Punjab, other states that already have GI tagging for Basmati are Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Delhi, Western UP, and select districts of Jammu and Kashmir.

from The Tribune

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