Bhubaneswar: Hours after people of Odisha were left heartbroken with the news that West Bengal has got the Geographical Indication (GI) tag for the mouth-watering syrupy sweet ‘rasagolla’, GI Registry came up with a clarification that the approved GI tag earned by the Bengal is for “Banglar rosogolla”.
Clarifying the row, Chinnaraja G. Naidu, Assistant Registrar of the Geographical Indications Registry, Chennai, said: “The ‘rasagolla’ which is being manufactured within West Bengal and created a brand in the State was given the GI tag. We were not concerned with the origin and other things.”
The same thing was also stated by another official from GI Registry in order to make the matter clear for one and all.
“Odisha can always apply for its Rasagolla with proper documents to substantiate its claims on origin of Odia Rasagolla,” said Prasant Kumar, senior examiner, GI Registry Chennai.
Bengal had told the GI registrar office that the one in Odisha is a different variety. The Bengal one is off white or light cream coloured, spherical in shape while in other states, it varies from brown to other colours, Kumar informed.
Meanwhile, renowned researchers in the State, however, claimed there is still time for Odisha government to submit its documentary evidence to get the GI tag for Odisha’s rasagolla and rasagolla as well.
“Rasgulla has been mentioned in Odia literature before 1893 while there is no mention of such sweet in any Bengali literature before 1896. There are several evidences that the sweet dish originated in Odisha and not in West Bengal, said researcher on Jagannath Cult Asit Mohanty, who had submitted the report to the then Science and Technology Minister Pradeep Panigrahy in July last year.
Soon after the news of Bengal got GI tag for ‘rasagolla’ spread, local sweetmeat makers here expressed resentment and put the blame on the State government by asking why the officials didn’t yet submit the evidence before GI Registry.
Following this, a statement issued by the Chief Minister’s Office said that Odisha will soon apply for GI tag for its own ‘rasagolla’.
“Odisha to demand GI tag for ‘Odisha Rasagolla’ and the GI tag given to ‘Banglar Rosgolla’ is specific to West Bengal,” the CMO’s statement added.
Odisha Government is in process of obtaining GI tag for Odishara Rasagolla. It originated in #Odisha and is offered at Jagannath Temple as part of religious rituals by people of Odisha since centuries. pic.twitter.com/zk0tOAxj7c
— CMO Odisha (@CMO_Odisha) November 14, 2017