Rasagola row: Panels submit interim report

Bhubaneswar: The three committees, formed by the Odisha government to fetch Geographical Indication (GI) tag for ‘Rasogola’, submitted their interim report on Monday.

Briefing the media persons here, Science and Technology minister Pradip Kumar Panigrahi said he has received the interim report of the three committees.

“The committees, in their report, have stated that there is conclusive evidence on the use of rasagola in Odisha since a long time. This sweet dish was prepared by several mutts and temples in the state for about 600 years ago”, he added.

The minister said the committees have sought one more month to submit their final report in this connection.

“We will take our next course of action after the committees submit their final report”, the minister said.

It is worthwhile here to mention that the Odisha government had formed three committees on September 21 this year to take on its neighbour West Bengal over the origin of rasagola.

The first committee, comprising seven members, will submit facts on the origin of rasagola while the second committee, having four members will study the contention of the West Bengal government to stake its claim over the origin of rasagola for fetching the Geographical Indication (GI) tag.
The third committee, comprising six members, will do necessary documentation in support of the Odisha government to place before the Centre to stake claim for patent over rasagola and GI tag for it.

The sweet and mouth-watering dish has become the bone of contention between Odisha and West Bengal. While West Bengal claims that rasagola was invented in Kolkata by confectioner K C Das, Odisha contends that it was invented in the holy city of Puri in the 13th century.