After a long and tough battle, Odisha has finally got its GI tag for its own brand of rasgulla
The rasgulla of Odisha has finally got its identity. On Monday, it finally got the GI i.e. Geographical Indication (GI) tag.
Odisha's rasgulla has received this recognition after a long legal battle and a tough fight.
The Geographical Indicator Registry of the Government of India issued the certificate to the Government of Odisha. In the state, the name of Odisha Small Industries Corporation Limited and Utkal Mithan Prashant Samiti has been registered for Rasgulla.
Last year, the Odisha government had applied for a special GI certificate of Odisha rasgulla.
Two neighbouring states - West Bengal and Odisha - had been struggling for ownership over rasgulla for a long time. Both the states wanted to showcase their rights to the invention or the stated origin of rosgulla.
In 2015, to boost its claim for the GI tag for rasgulla, Odisha announced it would celebrate Rasgulla Day. Since then, it has been celebrated every year. But Bengal managed to get its GI tag in 2017 itself.
After this, the challenge in front of the Odisha government was to prove that Bengali rasgulla is different from their rasgulla.
Kandhamal turmeric was first to get the GI tag in Odisha.