Correct Answer : Option (D) - Himachal Pradesh
The European Commission (EC) has granted protected geographical indication (PGI) for India’s unique Kangra tea, which is grown in Himachal Pradesh’s Kangra district.
* The EC notified granting PGI on March 22 and this will come into effect from April 11, 2023.
* The granting of PGI for Kangra tea comes at a time when the EC has been dragging its feet on granting a similar status to Basmati rice. India had filed for the GI tag in 2018 but the European Union (EU) wants India and Pakistan to hold talks so that the latter’s Basmati rice also gets due recognition.
* This is a significant achievement for Kangra tea, as it joins the list of other Indian products such as Darjeeling tea, Basmati rice and Pashmina shawls, which have been accorded the same status in the European Union.
About Kangra Tea :
* It was first introduced in the mid-19th century by Dr. Jameson, a British civil surgeon who sowed tea seeds in the Kangra Valley.
* In 1882, the Kangra tea garden won a gold medal at the Calcutta Exhibition, further enhancing its prestige.
* A disease known as "orange rust" destroyed many tea gardens in the early 20th century, leading to a decline in the industry.
About the European Commission (EC) :
* It is the executive branch of the European Union (EU) and serves as its administrative body.
* The President of the Commission is elected by the European Parliament and appointed by the European Council.
* The Commission is headquartered in Brussels, Belgium and has a staff of approximately 32,000 employees.
* The Commission ensures that EU laws and policies are implemented correctly and that Member States follow EU rules.
* The Commission cooperates with other EU institutions, such as the European Council and the European Parliament, to shape EU policies and legislation.
* The Commission's decisions are subject to oversight by the European Court of Justice, which interprets and applies EU law...
Source : The Hindu Businessline