Odishatv Bureau

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government has decided to file Geographical Indication (GI) tag to ‘Jagannath Rasagola’ instead of Odishara Rasagola, a week after West Bengal got the GI tag for the 'Banglar rasogola'.

The government’s decision is based on conclusive report prepared after roping in suggestions from various stakeholders, experts, attorneys, and advocate firms regarding filing of GI tag.

In a letter to MSME Additional Chief Secretary, Director of Industries has said that if the state files GI tag for ‘Odishara Rasagola’ against its Bengally counterpart, then it will not be able to get any benefits from it.

The letter said that chances of successfully registering for Odisha Rasagola are not very bright. In Odisha since there are so many different kinds of the sweet delicacy being prepared so it will not be able to identify any definite uniqueness associated with the sweet.Hence applying with the name of Odishara Rasagola will not fetch any benefit or advantage.

Similarly, since there is no historical evidence of Pahala Rasagola, as in the case of the sweet associated with Lord Jagannath, the letter suggested that filing GI tag for Jagannath Rasagola will be a fit case.

In the letter it has been mentioned that the Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) or even the Servitors' Association can file for the GI tag on behalf of the state government.