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Sweet success: West Bengal gets GI tag for rosogolla
15 November 2017, 12:56 | Jan Cross
Sweet news! Bengal granted Geographical Indication status for Rosogolla, says Mamata Banerjee
"It has been settled under the GI Act that authenticates a product relating to either a geographical location or community or society", said Deputy Controller of Patents and Designs, Sanjay Bhattacharya. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee who is now in London was thrilled with the news. He was trying to come up with a new sweet for a number of years before he came up with it , As Reported By Hindustan Times.
After settling the conflict over the origiin of the sweet, Bengal was given the Geographical Indication (GI) tag.
"Odisha to demand GI tag for "Odisha Rasagolla" and the GI tag given to "Banglar Rosgolla" is specific to West Bengal", the CMO's statement added.
The two states, Bengal and Odisha, had entered the fray to stake their claim on the dessert for far too long.
It is this kind of Rasagolla that has received the GI tag. She asked her officers to get in touch with us in 2015 when Odisha tried to get the GI registration in their favour.
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Odisha has been claiming that Rasagola originated in the state and it was offered at Sri Jagannath Temple as well. Abdur Rezzak Mollah, Food Processing Minister stated "Earlier we had fought a similar battle with other states over the GI of Joynogorer Mowa".
In 2015, its science and technology minister Pradip Kumar announced the setting up of a committee that would trace the "actual" origin of the sweet.
West Bengal in its application had provided proof of origin - historical records dating back to 1896.
However, Odisha had claimed that 600 years ago they had Rosgulla. "We are all happy that now we can say with full rights that rosogolla belongs to us".
Following this, the West Bengal government made a decision to fight this claim legally by providing evidence that the dessert was, in fact, created by noted sweet-maker Nabin Chandra Das in 1868. However the strongest contender remains the Mishti Doi (sweet curd) of West Bengal. The Odisha government plans to apply for GI tag for "Odia Rasagola".
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