Geographical Indications:

A geographical indication is a sign used on goods that have a specific geographical origin and possess qualities or a reputation that are due to that place of origin.
  Possible GIs of H.P.  
1. Kullu Shawl/ Kullu Fabric
2. Kinnauri Shawl
3. Kangra Tea
4. Chamba Chappal
5. Chamba Rumal
6. Red rice
7. Chulli Oil
8. Himachal Apple
Benefits of registration of Products under Geographical Indications of Goods Act 1999.
o It confers legal protection to producers of Geographical Indication in India which in turn boost exports of these products
o It enables seeking legal protection in other WTO member countries.
o It promotes economic prosperity of producers of goods produced in a geographical territory
o As TRIPS every year publishes a list of Geographical Indications of each member country, inclusion of any product in this list will certainly provide value addition to these products.
o Being the territorial right, it will help economically to producers/ master craftsmen, artisans of that particular territory.
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