Bengal's rosogolla gets GI tag
New Delhi, Nov. 14 (PTI): West Bengal's famous rosogolla has got the Geographical Indication tag from the Indian Patent Office.
The state has trumped Odisha, which had reportedly sought the coveted status for its rosogolla.
”Banglar Rasogolla from West Bengal gets Geographical Indication (GI) tag. It is a pure white, spongy ball of 'Chhana' dipped in light sugar syrup,” CIPAM said in a tweet. The Cell for IPR Promotions & Management works under the Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion.
"Banglar Rasogolla is a syrupy dessert popular in all over India and abroad," the CIPAM said.
An official said that there was no tussle or dispute between West Bengal and Odisha over the GI tag on the sweet. ”West Bengal had applied for this and we have granted them,” the official added.
Both states had set their eyes on the GI tag. Odisha has claimed that the sweet originated from the Jagannath Temple in Puri, where it is a part of the religious rituals since the 12th century. Odisha calls it Pahala Rasgulla.
Odisha had even formed a committe under an eminent Jagannath cult scholar to study the origins of the rosogolla. Last year, the committee had endorsed Odisha's claims in a 100-page report.
On the other hand, West Bengal had asserted that confectioner Nobin Chandra Das is widely known as the one who created the rosogolla in the 1860s.
A GI is a sign used on products that have a specific geographical origin and possess qualities or a reputation that are due to that origin.
Such a name conveys an assurance of quality and distinctiveness which is essentially attributable to its origin in that defined geographical locality.
Darjeeling Tea, Mahabaleshwar Strawberry, Blue Pottery of Jaipur, Banarasi Sarees and Tirupati Laddus are some of the GIs.