Puri: At a time when the issue of Geographical Indication (GI) tag for Odisha Rasagola still remains in the logjam, Sri Jagannath Sena, a religious outfit, has come forward to fight for the tag.
A three-member team of the outfit left for Chennai yesterday to submit facts and figure in favour of the State for the GI tag to concerned GI registry office in the metro city.
Sri Jagannath Sena convenor Priyadarsan Patnaik said, “Besides Rasagola, the team would also approach the GI authorities to give the tag for some other delicacies of the State.”
"If we will not fight for it, the 'Jagannath Rasagola’ will go extinct in future. We are not opposing Banglar Rasogola but Jagannath Rasagola is 2000 years older than the former," said Patnaik.
After West Bengal got the GI tag for the Banglar Rasogola last month , the Odisha government has decided to file GI tag to Jagannath Rasagola instead of Odishara Rasagola. The government’s decision is based on a conclusive report prepared after roping in suggestions from various stakeholders, experts, attorneys, and advocate firms regarding filing of GI tag.