Textile Ministry steps ahead to protect India's traditional clothing

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Lucknow, Aug 31 (UNI) Union Textile Ministry and United National Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) have stepped ahead to save the traditional clothings of the country, including the famous Banarasi Sarees, brocades and also the Lucknow Chikankari.

The government had already promulated a new 'IPR Protection through Geographical Indications (GIs) Act' to protect the rights of the poor segments of the manufacturing and trading community in view of the changed market scenario of the world.

The Centre has also chalked up programmes to create awareness and build capacity about the new trade rules and regulations under vogue for making the country's textile trade and industry competitive in the international market in the World Trade Organisation (WTO) regime.

The government had already registered five applications under the new 'IPR Protection of Textiles and Clothing Products Through Geographical Indication Act,' which includes Pipili Applique Craft of Orissa, Banaras Sarees and Brocades and Lucknow Chikankari.

Similarly, some other applications identified to be registered under the Act were Bhagalpur Silk Fabrics of Bihar, Paithani Sarees of Maharastra, Balaramapuram fine cotton sarees and fabrics of Kerala, Jamdhani sarees, Baluchari sarees and fabrics of West Bengal.

Union Ministry of textiles, Director (Market Research) P Nayak today said the registeration of a textile product under the GI Act would act as a weapon on the hands of the vulnerable sections of the weaving and trading community to protect their interests and to fight against the negative effects of globalisation.

Meanwhile, the ministry will organise a two-day Northern Regional Conference on IPR Protection Through GIs here from September 4. In the Lucknow conference, representatives from UNCTAD, ministry of textile, trade and commerce and UP government along with over 150 stakeholders from trade and industry would be participating.

Dr Nayak said the main focus of the activities under the programme would be to strengthen human and institutional capacities of the stakeholders and policy makers to take better informed decision, formulate their strategies with a greater level of understanding of the impact and the opportunities from globalisation and mitigating the negative effects of globalisation, particularly with a pro-poor perspective.

He said Pipili Applique craft, Banaras Sarees and Lucknow Chikankari have been filed in the office of the Registrar of GIs, Chennai for registration while study and documentation for some other products were in the process.

UNI MB JAS SG HT1537

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