Shimla,13.06.18-Himachal Pradesh Patent Information Centre (HPPIC) established in Himachal Pradesh Council for Science, Technology & Environment (HIMCOSTE), H.P. has identified a number of items for registration under Geographical Indications Act 1999.

 A geographical indication is a sign used on products that have specific geographical origin and possesses quality or reputation that are due to that origin.

 HPPIC has obtained registration for Kullu Shawl, Kangra Tea, Kinnauri Shawl, Chamba Rumal and Kangra Paintings under Geographical Indications Act 1999.

Besides, applications of Chamba Chappal, Kala Zeera, Chulli Oil are under process with the Registrar of Geographical Indications at Chennai.

 One say awareness workshop was organised at Bachat Bhawan, Chamba for Chamba artisans (Chamba Rumal, Chamba Chappal, handicrafts, food products, metal crafts). Sh Harikesh Meena, D.C, Chamba was the chief guest, Padamshree Vijay Sharma, DIC manager Sh. Vineet Kumar were present as special guest.

Around 60 participants were present during the workshop. Potential traditional products of Chamba eligible for registration as GI were identified during workshop:

  1. Chamba Chappal (under process)
  2. Chamba Chukh
  3. Chamba Thaal
  4. Chamba metal crafts
  5. Chamba Dhaam
  6. Bharmor Rajmah
  7. Kugtey aloo

 Sh. Shashi Dhar, SSA, Ms. Ritika Kanwar Scientist B, Sh. Ankush Sharma, Scientist from HIMCOSTE were the resource persons for the workshop.