Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi urging him to not enable geographical indication (GI) tagging of basmati to Madhya Pradesh, within the bigger curiosity of Punjab and different states that have already got GI tag for basmati.
Aside from Punjab, different states that have already got GI tagging for basmati are Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Delhi, western UP, and choose districts of Jammu and Kashmir.
In a letter to the PM, the Chief Minister additionally mentioned the All India Rice Exporters’ Affiliation can be against contemplating any declare of MP for GI tag for basmati, elevating considerations about its critical unfavorable influence on Indian export potential.
He mentioned India exports basmati to the tune of Rs 33,000 crore yearly and any dilution in registration of Indian basmati could give benefit to Pakistan (which additionally produces basmati as per GI tagging) within the worldwide market when it comes to traits and high quality parameters.
Madhya Pradesh has sought inclusion of its 13 districts for GI tagging for basmati.
Urging PM Modi to direct the involved authorities to not disturb the established order on this matter, the chief minister mentioned this was important for safeguarding the pursuits of farmers and basmati exporters of India.
As per the geographical indications of the Items (Registration and Safety) Act, 1999, a GI tag “could be issued for agricultural items which might be originating within the territory of a rustic, or a area or locality in that territory, the place a given high quality, fame or different traits of such items is basically attributable to its geographical origin”.
GI tag has been given on the premise of historically grown areas of basmati attributable to particular aroma, high quality and style of the grain, that are indigenous to the area under the foothills of Himalayas, and basmati of this space has distinct recognition the world over, Mr Singh mentioned an official launch right here.
The Punjab chief minister claimed that Madhya Pradesh “doesn’t fall below the specialised zone for Basmati cultivation”.
It was for that reason that Madhya Pradesh was not included within the indigenous space of basmati cultivation within the historical past of India, he mentioned.