Presenting the first e-budget of Assam, Finance Minister of the State Himanta Biswa Sarma proposed to add Geographical Indiacator (GI) tag to the traditional items of Assam. All these items are indigenous to Assam but are marketed in the national and global markets said the Minister.
According to Sarma, items such as traditional jewellery of Assam, bell metal craft of Sarthebari, brass metal craft of Hajo, eri silk, local liquor (Laopani), komal chaul (soft rice), joha chaul (aromatic rice), bora chaul (sticky rice), kopou ful (a local orchid), and fulam Japi (decorated Japi) are all indigenous to Assam but are yet to realise their potential in the national and international market.
The nation mostly associates the image of Assam with tea and rhinocerous. However, there are many indigenous items that have originated in Assam but seldom got their due recognition, he added.
State government’s focus is to increase the export of these items which will also boost the economy and increase tourism, directly enhancing the livelihoods of the people such as farmers and artisans involved in the production of these arts and crafts.
GI tags on all these items will enhance the demands of these exotic items at both national and at international level.