Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Oct 8:
The three expert committees, formed by the State Science and Technology Department to take on West Bengal over the origin of the syrupy sweet ‘rasagola’, will submit their unified interim report to the state government tomorrow.
“The committees will present the facts they have collected on rasagola at the meeting tomorrow. By Saturday, they will submit an interim report. After the report is out, we would come to know about the truth behind Odisha’s claim,” Science and Technology Minister Pradip Panigrahy told mediapersons here yesterday.
“Though there are three different committees, the main committee is one which is collecting facts in support of Odisha’s claim. After the report comes out on Saturday, we will be actually clear about where we stand on our claim,” he added.
Notably, the state government had on September 21 formed the committees to take its battle with the neighbouring state over the origin of the rasagola. The first committee, comprising seven members led by the department’s additional secretary, is scheduled to submit the facts within 15 days.
The second committee having four members aims at studying the grounds put forth by West Bengal to stake its claim over the origin of rasagola for fetching the Geographical Indication (GI) tag. The third panel with six members has been entrusted with doing necessary documentation to place it before the Centre in Odisha’s support for staking claim for the patent and GI tag for rasagola.
However, the committees entrusted with the task of building a strong case for Odisha in the matter, had on Tuesdaysought one more month to gather facts. Hence, they were told to submit a unified interim report by Saturday.
West Bengal, it may be noted, woke up only after Odisha initiated the move to get GI status for the famous ‘Pahala Rasagola’, but got its act together in a jiffy and has already submitted its application.