FAQ-Research and Development Scheme

FAQ-Research and Development Scheme

About R&D Scheme: Research and Development scheme was introduced to conduct surveys and studies of important crafts and make in-depth analysis of specific aspects and problems of Handicrafts in order to generate useful inputs to aid policy Planning and fine tune the ongoing initiatives; and to have independent evaluation of the schemes implemented by this office. Following activities will be under taken during the 12th Plan.
i. Survey & Studies on different topics.
ii. Financial assistance for preparation of legal, para legal, standards, audits and other documentation leading to labeling/certification.
iii. Financial assistance to organizations for evolving, developing a mechanism for protecting crafts including languishing crafts, design, heritage, historical knowledge base, research and implementation of the same enabling the sector/segment to face challenges.
iv. Conducting Census of Handicraft artisans of the country.
v. Registration of Crafts under Geographical Indication Act & necessary follow up on implementation.

vi. Assisting handicrafts exporters in adoption of global standards and for bar coding, including handicrafts mark for generic products.
vii. Financial assistance for taking up problems/issues relating to brand building and promotion of Indian handicrafts.
viii. Conducting of Workshops/Seminars on issues of specific nature relating to handicrafts sector.

Question: Benefits to individual artisans under R&D scheme
  1. Workshop/Seminar to sensitize participants on various issues faced by artisans of specific crafts.
  2. Survey/Studies on various issues to find out solutions to resolve problem faced by artisans.
  3. Registration of Craft under GI(Geographical Indication) Act.
  4. Brand Building to promote specific craft .
  5. TA/DA to participants to attend the workshop/seminar the tune of Rs 55,000 per month.
  6. Wage compensation to Artisans to the tune of Rs. 300 per day for 25 days in one months.

Question : Definition of Handicrafts?

Ans: Any item predominantly made by Hand….. graced with visual appeal….. in the nature of ornamentation or inlay work or similar work with substantial artistic nature not a mere pretence.

Question: What is a Geographical Indication?
  1. It is an indication
  2. It originates from a definite geographical territory.
  3. It is used to identify agricultural, natural or manufactured goods
  4. The manufactured goods should be produced or processed or prepared in that territory.
  5. It should have a special quality or reputation or other characteristics

Question: What is the benefit of registration of geographical indications?

  1. It confers legal protection to Geographical Indications in India
  2. Prevents unauthorized use of a Registered Geographical Indication by others
  3. It provides legal protection to Indian Geographical Indications which in turn boost exports.
  4. It promotes economic prosperity of producers of goods produced in a geographical territory.

Question: Who can apply for the registration of a geographical indication?

Ans: Any association of persons, producers, organisation or authority established by or under the law can apply:
  1. The applicant must represent the interest of the producers
  2. The application should be in writing in the prescribed form
  3. The application should be addressed to the Registrar of Geographical Indications alongwith prescribed fee.

Question: Who can use the registered geographical indication?

Ans : An authorised user has the exclusive rights to the use of geographical indication in relation to goods in respect of which it is registered.

Question: How long the registration of Geographical Indication is valid?

Ans: The registration of a geographical indication is valid for a period of 10 years

Question : Kindly provide the list of GI registered crafts.

Ans: List of GI registered articles is available on portal of Office of Controller General of Patents, Designs & Trade Marks i.e. http://www.ipindia.nic.in.

Question : Definition of Endangered(earlier called Languishing) crafts.
Definition arrived at after a study was conducted through NIFT, New Delhi.
1. The total numbers of craft practitioners are less than 25.
2. Crafts persons have replaced craft activity with another activity because the craft practice is unviable… if reduction in time spent on the particular craft is more than 50 per cent in the past three years.
3. Next generation in the family is not learning the craft and there is no recruitment of new persons outside the family. Percentage of new recruitment is less than 40%.

Question: Kindly provide the list of endangered crafts.

Gheso Work of Bikaner, Rajasthan
Kavad of Bassi, Rajasthan
Danka of Udaipur, Rajasthan
Rogan Painting of Nirona, Gujarat
Warak printing of Udaipur, Rajasthan
Mend Ki Chapai of Sanganer, Rajasthan
Split Ply-braiding of Thar Region (India),
Pithora Painting of Jhabua, Madhya Pradesh
Hand Block Printing of Tarapur/Javad,
Madhya Pradesh
Sanjhi Crafts of Mathura, U.P.
Cuttaki Chappals of Barang, Orissa
Horn Craft of Cuttack, Orissa
Ganjeefa Cards of Sonepur, Orissa
Wood Toys of Bargarh, Orissa
Copper snake of Boudh, Orissa
Namda of Srinagar, Kashmir
Pinjrakari of Srinagar, Kashmir
Pottery of Srinagar, Kashmir
Silver ware of Srinagar, Kashmir
Tapestry of Srinagar, Kashmir
Wagu of Srinagar, Kashmir
Chamba Rumal of Chamba, Himachal
Suri Bowl/Sherpai of Birbhum , West Bengal

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