Geographical Indication Current Affairs - 2019

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Mumbai and Hyderabad included in UNESCO Creative Cities Network

On October 30, 2019, 66 cities were designated by UNESCO as Creative Cities. The cities are named creative based on their mission to place creativity and creative economy at the core of their urban development to make their city safe, inclusive, resilient and sustainable in line with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goal

From India, Hyderabad and Mumbai were included in the list of Creative Cities this year. They were announced on World Cities Day.

Till now the following cities were included in the list for the respective categories

  • Varanasi-Music
  • Chennai-Music
  • Jaipur-Crafts and Folk art

About Creative Cities Network

The network brings together cities that base development on music, arts, music, design, folk crafts, literature, cinema, digital arts or gastronomy. Mumbai was selected based on cinema and Hyderbad was selected based on Gastronomy.

Mumbai for its cinema-centric aura gained the name “City pf Dreams” and Hyderabad known for its Biryani and other food items has gained the name “The Home of Haleem and Biryani”. In 2010, Haleem was honored with the Geographical Indication status and hence became the first meat-based product from India to win the prestigious tag.

Tamil Nadu’s Panchamirtham prasadam granted GI tag

The famous Palani panchamirtham, given as ‘prasadam’ at Murugan temple in Palani, Tamil Nadu has been granted Geographical Indication (GI) tag. This is first temple ‘prasadam’ from Tamil Nadu that has been bestowed with coveted GI tag. It takes total number of such indigenous products from Tamil Nadu that have been accorded GI tag to 29.

About Panchamirtham

It is an ‘abhishega prasadam’ (food that is a religious offering), which is served in a semi-solid state. In Tamil, term ‘pancha’ means five and ‘amirtham’ means delicacy.

It is combination of five natural substances —jaggery, banana, cow ghee, honey and cardamom. Besides, these five basic ingredients, dates and diamond sugar candies are also added for flavour.

It is sweet in taste. It one of main offerings for Lord Dhandayuthapani Swamy, the presiding deity of Arulmigu Dhandayuthapani Swamy Temple, situated on Palani Hills.

It is prepared naturally without addition of any artificial ingredients and preservatives or any chemical process. No water is added during preparation of panchamirtham. This gives it its classic semi-solid consistency and taste.

The geographical area for production of Palani Panchamirtham is not just Arulmigu Dhandayuthapani Swamy temple, but entire Palani town in Dindigul district of Tamil Nadu.

About Geographical Indication

It defines goods as originating in territory of a country or a region or locality in that territory, provided a given quality reputation or other characteristics of the product are attributable to its geographical origin.

The product to acquire GI tag has to indicate that it is of particular origin and has  certain unique quality or reputation or some other characteristics, which is essentially attributable to its geographical origin.

In India, GI tag is given by the Controller General of Patents, Designs and Trade Marks, who is Registrar of Geographical Indications (under Union ministry of commerce & industry) under statutory provisions of Geographical Indications of Goods (Registration and Protection Act), 1999.