India with a diverse culture is home to various arts and crafts mastered by many generations over the years. Adding to list of existing Geographical Indications (GIs), nine new items from various states of India such as Gamosa of Assam, Tandur Redgram of Telangana, Raktsey Karpo Apricot of Ladakh, Alibag White Onion of Maharashtra etc. have been given the coveted GI Tags. With this, the total number of GI tags of India is 432. The top five states holding maximum number of GIs are Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka and Kerala.
Several initiatives have been undertaken by DPIIT in collaboration with various stakeholders where exclusive GI products showcased Indian tradition, culture and enterprising activities under a single umbrella:
GI Pavilion (Aahar 2022) at ITPO, New Delhi for five days (April 26-30, 2022), India GI fair (August 26-28, 2022) was organised at the India Expo Centre and Mart, Greater Noida. A weekly GI Mahotsav was conducted (October 16-21, 2022) at Trade Facilitation Centre, Varanasi. An exclusive GI pavilion was set up at IITF 2022 which was organized by ITPO from November 14-27, 2022, at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi.
Further, giving a boost to build up cross-cultural societies within the country, such activities will not only promote the transfer of diverse products amongst the states but will also contribute in building a better vibrant cultural society in the future.