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No GI mark for Assam's eri silk - Minister
Aug '11
Assam's eri silk will not be given Geographical Indication (GI) mark as the same kind of silk is produced in several other States in the country, Union Minister for Textiles, Anand Sharma has said.

The Minister stated that though Assam is one of the country's leading eri silk producers, several other States like Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Arunachal Pradesh, Orissa, Mizoram, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Andhra Pradesh and Manipur too produce such silk. Thus, Assam's eri silk does not qualify for GI registration and cannot be granted the same, he added.

Following the action taken by the Assam government in 2007 to get its Muga silk registered under GI, the same was granted. The Minister said that the Registrar of GI of Government of India, Chennai, declared Assam Science Technology and Environment Council, Guwahati as the registered owner of GI for Assam's Muga Silk, by making an entry to this effect in Part A of the GI on July 13, 2007.

With an intention to safeguard the interest of the customers and to generate awareness and liking for pure silk among them, the Central Silk Board operating under the Ministry of Textiles is operating a 'Silk Mark' scheme under the Silk Mark Organization of India.

Silk Mark applies to all products made from any of the pure silks like Tasar, Mulberry and Muga. However, no special mark exists for Tasar or any other particular variety of silk, Mr. Sharma said.

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