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Bengal submits GI tag application to stake claim on rosogolla

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

Kolkata: To beat Odisha and stake claim on the rosogolla, West Bengal has submitted the application for a  GI (Geographical Indication) tag for the sugary delicacy, a minister said.

“We have filed an application for GI on September 18 with full support from Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee,” Rabiranjan Chattopadhyay, science and technology minister stated on Tuesday here.

The syrupy, soft spongy balls of Indian cottage cheese, the rosogollas, have virtually unleashed a war between two Indian states.

Both Odisha and West Bengal have entered the fray to stake their claim on the famed dessert.

The Odisha government recently decided to form three committees which will counter Bengal’s claim as the birthplace of rosogolla.

But Chattopadhyay said the state government is not considering forming any such committees at the moment to counter the move.

Bengal is claiming that Nabin Chandra Das had introduced the sweet in 1868, while the Odisha government said the tradition of offering rosogolla by Lord Jagannath to Goddess Laxmi on the day of Niladri Bije (the day when the deities return to their abode after the annual Rath Yatra) is at least 300 years old indicating it was much older than the 150-year history of Bengal’s rosogolla.

“Bengal is the birth place of rosogolla and we prepared a detailed dossier on its origins based on evidence from Das family and historian Haripada Bhowmik. There is no question on the origins as far as Bengal is concerned,” the minister said.

(With inputs from IANS)

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Odisha Government Planning to Develop Vision 2030 for Downstream Industries

Odisha would focus on creating enabling infrastructure to reduce logistics cost for the industries in future

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Vision 2030 for development of downstream industries was presented highlighting the key role of primary metal manufacturers in the state. Wikimedia Commons

The Odisha government is developing a Vision 2030 for downstream industries to achieve more than 50 per cent value addition to the primary metal produced in the state, said Industries Minister Dibya Shankar Mishra on Thursday.

Addressing more than 60 steel manufacturing companies, the Minister said that Odisha provides an unparalleled conducive ecosystem for the steel industries to expand their manufacturing facilities.

An interactive meet held on Thursday with the steel manufacturers of the state to discuss the vision of achieving 100 million tonne per annum (mtpa) capacity of steel production in Odisha. Vision 2030 for development of downstream industries was presented highlighting the key role of primary metal manufacturers in the state.

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Odisha would focus on creating enabling infrastructure to reduce logistics cost for the industries in future. Wikimedia Commons

Highlighting the facilitation and aftercare framework set up by the government to handhold the industries, Industries secretary Sanjeev Chopra said that over the past two decades, the state government has focused on manufacturing of value added products in the state.
He said that the state would focus on creating enabling infrastructure to reduce logistics cost for the industries in future.

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Odisha Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation (IDCO) chairman and managing director Sanjay Singh said the government has created land bank of more than one lakh acres for quick allotment so as to enable large scale investments. He also highlighted unique initiatives being taken up to provide industry-ready skilled manpower for all industries setting up in the state particularly in the steel sector. (IANS)