Rasgulla’s origin: Odisha forms 3 panels

Bhubaneswar: The State government today formed three committees to counter West Bengal’s claim as the birthplace of rasgulla.

Speaking to mediapersons, the State’s Science and Technology minister Pradip Panigrahi said the three committees were asked to submit their reports within 15 days.

Notably, two days ago, the government decided to form the committees to prepare a report to claim officially that the sweetmeat originated in Odisha.

The minister said the first committee has seven members while the second one has four members. The third committee is having six members.

The first committee would investigate the facts regarding the origin of rosgulla, the second would study the ground based on which West Bengal is staking its claim and the third would collect the necessary documents to support and validate Odisha’s claim before the authority.

Both the States are fighting a war over obtaining the Geographical Indication tag for rasgulla.

The Geographical Indication identifies a product as originating from a particular location and conveys an assurance of quality and distinctiveness that is essentially attributable to the fact of its origin.