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Low awareness in State on GI protection

By SIVASISH THAKUR

GUWAHATI, July 7 � Low level of awareness among the micro, small and medium entrepreneurs of Assam about Geographical Indication (GI) registration under the Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Act is having a debilitating impact on the protection of natural and manmade resources and products indigenous to the State.

Till date Assam has GI registration on just two items � Muga silk and Assam tea � whereas a host of products of the State could qualify for protection under GI.

�The items requiring urgent steps for protection under GI include the traditional Assamese gamosa, Assam silk (paat) mekhela and sador, and eri sador in the handloom and textile sector. In the small industry sector, the pital (bronze) and kanh (bell metal) industry of Hajo and Sarthebari; and iron products like dao, katari and other utensils manufactured at Koronga in Jorhat district need GI fortification,� Sailen Baruah, State president of the North Eastern Small Scale Industries Association (NESSIA) says.

Similarly, Assamese jewellery (gahona) manufactured at Rontholi and Sonarigaon in Nagaon and Jorhat districts respectively, and the traditional Assamese headgear, japi, should also come under GI registration.

In agriculture, products such as komal chaul, bora chaul, chunga pitha, kola khar, etc., should be taken up for GI registration. Even the pera of Bokakhat and the rosogulla of Orang merit same protection.

�Lack of awareness among those engaged in the production of these indigenous products about preserving the identity of their products through GI has affected their protection and promotion. The failure of the government departments concerned to secure GI rights over these items may make the State a great loser,� Baruah says.

NESSIA has appealed to all the government departments, Agriculture universities, and NGOs to join hands for protection of natural and manmade resources of the State and the region through GI registration.

In order to create awareness and ensure sensitization among the entrepreneurs of the MSME sector in Assam, NESSIA, in association with the Union Ministry of MSME, recently organized four daylong awareness-cum-sensitization programmes on the Intellectual Property Rights Act at Sualkuchi (for handloom & textile), at Hajo (for brass & bell metal), at Jorhat (for steel engineering) and at Nagaon (for traditional food items).

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Low awareness in State on GI protection

GUWAHATI, July 7 � Low level of awareness among the micro, small and medium entrepreneurs of Assam about Geographical Indication (GI) registration under the Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Act is having a debilitating impact on the protection of natural and manmade resources and products indigenous to the State.

Till date Assam has GI registration on just two items � Muga silk and Assam tea � whereas a host of products of the State could qualify for protection under GI.

�The items requiring urgent steps for protection under GI include the traditional Assamese gamosa, Assam silk (paat) mekhela and sador, and eri sador in the handloom and textile sector. In the small industry sector, the pital (bronze) and kanh (bell metal) industry of Hajo and Sarthebari; and iron products like dao, katari and other utensils manufactured at Koronga in Jorhat district need GI fortification,� Sailen Baruah, State president of the North Eastern Small Scale Industries Association (NESSIA) says.

Similarly, Assamese jewellery (gahona) manufactured at Rontholi and Sonarigaon in Nagaon and Jorhat districts respectively, and the traditional Assamese headgear, japi, should also come under GI registration.

In agriculture, products such as komal chaul, bora chaul, chunga pitha, kola khar, etc., should be taken up for GI registration. Even the pera of Bokakhat and the rosogulla of Orang merit same protection.

�Lack of awareness among those engaged in the production of these indigenous products about preserving the identity of their products through GI has affected their protection and promotion. The failure of the government departments concerned to secure GI rights over these items may make the State a great loser,� Baruah says.

NESSIA has appealed to all the government departments, Agriculture universities, and NGOs to join hands for protection of natural and manmade resources of the State and the region through GI registration.

In order to create awareness and ensure sensitization among the entrepreneurs of the MSME sector in Assam, NESSIA, in association with the Union Ministry of MSME, recently organized four daylong awareness-cum-sensitization programmes on the Intellectual Property Rights Act at Sualkuchi (for handloom & textile), at Hajo (for brass & bell metal), at Jorhat (for steel engineering) and at Nagaon (for traditional food items).

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