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Rasagola, Sweet Delicacy of Odisha, Gets Geographical Indication (GI) Tag

The mouth-watering sweet has been registered under the Geographical Indication of Goods (Registration and Protection) Act, 1999

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Chennai based GI Registry has granted the GI tag to 'Odisha Rasagola'. Pixabay

 Rasagola, the sweet delicacy of Odisha, got the Geographical Indication (GI) tag on Monday, signalling the end of the bitter battle with West Bengal over the origin of the famous Indian sweet.

Chennai based GI Registry has granted the GI tag to ‘Odisha Rasagola’. The mouth-watering sweet has been registered under the Geographical Indication of Goods (Registration and Protection) Act, 1999. The tag will remain valid till February 22, 2028.

The GI tag is a name or sign used on products that have a specific geographical origin and possess qualities or a reputation of that origin.

Earlier, the Odisha Small Industries Corporation Limited had submitted the required documents for getting the GI status for ‘Odisha Rasagola’.

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Rasagola, the sweet delicacy of Odisha, got the Geographical Indication (GI) tag on Monday, signalling the end of the bitter battle with West Bengal over the origin of the famous Indian sweet. Pixabay

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik expressed his happiness after Odisha received the GI tag for the sweet delicacy.

“Happy to share that #Odisha Rasagola has received GI Tag in Geographical Indication Registry. This mouth-watering culinary delight made of cottage cheese, loved across the world, is offered to Lord Jagannath as part of bhog since centuries,” Patnaik tweeted.

Odisha had moved the GI Registry for its version of the delicacy after West Bengal was awarded the GI tag for it’s variant ‘Banglara Rasagulla’ in November 2017.

Odisha had been claiming that the famous delicacy originated in the state years ago as it was first served at the Lord Jagannath Temple, the 12th-century shrine in Puri.

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The word Rasagola was written in the ‘Dandi Ramayana’ by Odia poet Balaram Das in the 15th century. However, the Bengal Rasagola was introduced by Kolkata-based confectioner Nobin Chandra Das in 1868, said researcher on Jagannath Cult Asit Mohanty, who submitted a report to the state government.

West Bengal and Odisha have been engaged in a bitter legal battle over the origin of the Rasagola.

A Public Interest Litigation (PIL) was filed in the Orissa High Court in February 2018, seeking the GI tag for ‘Odisha Rasagola’ and scrapping the tag received by West Bengal. (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)