'Sweet news' as Bengal wins GI tag for 'rosogolla'

Finally Bengal wins 'Rosogolla war' over Odisha

Finally Bengal wins 'Rosogolla war' over Odisha

On Tuesday, West Bengal won the two-and-a-half-year-old bitter battle over Rosogolla with Chennai-based Geographical Indications (GI) Registry announcing that one of India's signature candies originated in West Bengal and not Odisha.

Sanjay Bhattacharya, deputy controller of patents and designs Kolkata said, "The issue has been settled under the GI Act that authenticates a product relating to either a geographical location or community".

Expressing her delight over the news, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who is now in London, tweeted: "Sweet news for us all". She wrote, "Sweet news for us all".

However, a state government official said the West Bengal government has got the GI tag for "Banglar Rosogolla", not for "Rasagola" in general.

The Geographical Identification authorities ruled out today that it is Bengal where the popular rosogolla originated.

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This decision has come as a result of rising air pollution in Delhi, and an attempt to reduce vehicular pollution in the city. The NGT also said, "It is most worrying that there is absolute non cooperation between various departments of government".

With West Bengal getting the GI tag for Rasgulla, it can command special privileges for the Rasgullas prepared in the state. Both the states claimed ownership over its generation. "We have not yet applied for the GI tag for Pahal Rasogolla". Bengal had stated at the GI registrar office that the Rosogulla found in Odisha was of a different kind since it varied in the shape and the colour.

Food processing Minister of the state, Abdur Rezzak Mollah talking to media said, "Happy and relieved". The controversy over the past several years has now been resolved between the West Bengal and the Odisha Government over its claim on Rosgulla. West Bengal argued that the sweet was invented in 1868 by confectioner Nobin Chandra Das, whose son later founded the famous sweetmeat chain KC Das.

However, two years on, and West Bengal can finally claim that the rasgulla is officially theirs. "We are all happy that now we can say with full rights that rosogolla belongs to us". However the strongest contender remains the Mishti Doi (sweet curd) of West Bengal.

In reaction to it Odisha Finance Minister Shashi Bhusan Behera said "An application is under process with the Science and Technology, MSME and Industry departments and Odisha will get the GI tag after submitting the application".

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