West Bengal’s Banglar Rasogolla gets GI tag

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The famous Banglar Rasogolla of West Bengal has the Geographical Indication (GI) label of the Indian patent office.

The state has triumphed over Odisha, who had allegedly sought the coveted status for his rasogolla.

“Banglar Rasogolla, from West Bengal, receives the Geographical Indication (GI) label, it’s a white, spongy, pure ball from ‘Chhana’ dipped in light sugar syrup,” CIPAM said in a tweet.

Banglar Rasogolla is a syrupy dessert popular throughout India and abroad.

One official said there was no fight or dispute between West Bengal and Odisha over the GI label on the candy. “West Bengal had requested this and we have granted it,” the official added.

The development assumes importance since the two states had claimed to obtain the GI label.

Odisha has claimed that the candy originated in the Jagannath temple in Puri, where it has been a part of religious rituals since the 12th century. Odisha calls him Pahala Rasgulla.

On the other hand, West Bengal had claimed that confectioner Nobin Chandra Das is widely known as the one who created Rasgulla in the 1860s.

A GI is a sign used in products that have a specific geographical origin and have qualities or a reputation that are due to that origin.

This name conveys a guarantee of quality and distinctive character that is essentially attributable to its origin in that defined geographical location.

Darjeeling tea, the strawberry of Mahabaleshwar, the blue pottery of Jaipur, the saris of Banarasi and Tirupati Laddus are some of the GI.

Cell for IPR Promotions and Management (CIPAM) works under the auspices of the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP).