By Saraswat Kashyap: Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma received the certificate for Geographical Indication Registration Certificate for Asomiya Gamosa (Assamese cloth to wipe body) on Thursday. The certificate was awarded by Controller General of Patent, Designs and Trademarks and Registrar of GI Registry Dr Unnat P Pandit at a function in Guwahati’s Sarusajai stadium.
A total of eight types of gamosas, namely Uka or Xadharan Gamosa, Phulam Gamosa, Bihuwan, Tiani or Pani Gamosa, Anakata Gamosa, Telos Gamosa, Dora Boron or Jor Gamosa and Gossain Gamosa, have been included in the GI registration.
GI Registration is the legal registration of goods for a specific geographical area or territory and no one else is permitted to produce or market the product.
The GI tag will also protect numerous weavers in the state, said CM Himanta Biswa Sarma, while congratulating the people in the state for earning this recognition.
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“As I received the GI tag for our pride, the Asomiya Gamosa, it is a moment of honour and pride for the people of Assam, just before the Rongali Bihu celebrations,” said the chief minister while addressing the event.
The CM further said, “Due to this honour, our pride Asomiya Gamosa will receive legal recognition for Assam which will protect its quality and distinctiveness. It will ensure protection of the interests of our weavers.”
CM Himanta Biswa Sarma further said the GI tag is another step towards promoting Assam on the global stage.