Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Silk City of India Seeking for GI Tag

Bhagdattpuram (now Bhagalpur) was one of the most influential towns in "Aryavarta" popularly known as "ANGA PREDESH" or "ANGADESH". The word “Bhagdattpuram” literally means "City of Good Luck." Bhagalpur is a city in the Bihar state of India which is situated in the plane of the Ganges basin. Bhagalpur is acclaimed the world over for its silk products and it is known in India as the "Silk City" Famous for its Tussar Silk & Tussar Saree . The city is famous worldwide for its silk and mango
The application for a GI tag for ‘Bhagalpur Silk Fabrics and Saree’s has been filed on 15th July 2009 by The Bhagalpur Regional Handloom Weavers Cooperative Union and six other organizations before the Chennai-based Geographical Indication Registry, the competent authority under Government of India. The handicraft good with “application number 180” comes under class 24 and 25 of the Geographical Indications of Goods (Registration and Protection) Act, 1999. Class 24 of the Act deals with textiles and textile goods, bed and table covers while, Class 25 is for clothing, footwear and headgear. The application is now in pre - examination stage.
In Bhagalpur, there are about 30,000 handloom weavers out of which 95 % are jobseekers with 25000 handloom, the total value of the trade from Bhagalpur cluster is around Rs. 100 Crores (One billion) annually and 50 % of the turnover is from domestic market and the balance 50% is from export market . The export of Rs. 50 Crores (500 Millions) annual turnover is controlled by the exporter located in Bhagalpur Kolkata, Mumbai, and New Delhi and the remaining Rs. 50 Crores (500 Millions) domestic turnover is controlled by the trader.
The Bhagalpur cluster possesses the second position in silk fabric production and export after the Karnataka state. The weaver service centre was established by GOI in Bhagalpur during the year 1974 for development of silk industry in Bihar. The saree’s produced in Bhagalpur are not only popular in the domestic market but also has recognition and demand in overseas market.
Once the GI tag is granted then this will legally prohibit others to sell saree’s and fabrics’ made at place other than Bhagalpur under the same brand. So, GI will be effective tool for economic empowerment of the weaver community of Bhagalpur.

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