GUWAHATI, Jan 9 � The logo of muga, which secured the Geographical Indication (GI) Registration in 2006, is ready. The Assam Science and Technology and Environment Council (ASTEC), which is the proprietor of this registration, has formed a nine-member Inspection Body to take care of the issues concerning protection of the muga GI tag and development of this enviably golden silk, which is unique to Assam.
According to Dr R K Barman, Nodal Officer, Patent Information Centre, ASTEC, the muga logo has been published in the GI Journal Number 50 and the certificate of the logo will be issued to the ASTEC shortly by the GI Registry. This will help to a great extent in protecting the muga silk yarn and its fabrics, Dr Barman said.
The Inspection Body for GI rights of muga met here on January 7 under the presidentship of ASTEC Director H C Dutta. The meeting laid stress on a concerted move to protect the muga GI tag and to work for development of the sparkling golden silk.
In his speech at the meeting, Dutta expressed his keen desire to develop the ASTEC as a basic muga information centre and to launch a website on the silk yarn and its products. He urged the experts present at the meeting to engage themselves in research activities involving different aspects of muga production and food of the muga silkworm.
In course of his address on the intellectual property rights and GI of muga silk of Assam, Dr R K Barman displayed the logo of muga. He expressed the hope that the logo could be used by the authorized users of muga within a few months.