- The Jammu and Kashmir government has launched quick response (QR) code for its GI-tagged Kashmiri carpet that details the artisans and materials used, to preserve the authenticity and genuineness of the hand-knotted carpets.
- The first consignment of GI tagged carpets was exported from New Delhi to Germany on Friday (11 march).
- The main objective of this QR Code attached to the GI tag is to help in reviving the sheen and glory of the Kashmiri carpet industry.
- The Carpet Export Promotion Council (CEPC), in collaboration with the Jammu and Kashmir Directorate of Handicrafts and Handloom, held a seminar in New Delhi to raise awareness about the GI registration of authentic carpets from Kashmir.
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Key points related to QR code
- The QR code will contain relevant information of the artisans, manufacturer, weaver, district, raw material used etc.
- Since the QR code label cannot be copied or misused, it will discourage the counterfeit production of carpets.
- Meanwhile, the first-ever consignment of GI-tagged hand-knotted carpets were exported to Germany from New Delhi on March 11, 2022.
- It must be noted that the Kashmiri carpets were granted GI-tag in June 2016 by the Geographical Indication Registry of the Department of Industry Promotion and Internal Trade, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, but the registered carpets were certified from 2022.
Important points for all competitive exams
- The Line of Control separates Jammu and Kashmir from the Pakistani-administered territories of Azad Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan in the west and north. It lies to the north of the Indian states of Himachal Pradesh and Punjab and to the west of Ladakh.
- Jammu and Kashmir’s Lieutenant Governor ‐ Manoj Sinha;
- Jammu and Kashmir’s Formation (Union territory) ‐ 31 October 2019.