"The application for granting GI registration has been accepted and a gazette notification has also been issued... the certificate will be issued after the mandatory waiting period," Assistant Registrar of Trademarks and Geographical Registration C G Naidu told media on Friday.
    
President of Banaras Beads Association Ashok Gupta said, "We had been trying for it for the last three years. The efforts of the association and the Export Promotion Commissioner, Department of Small Scale Industries will soon bear fruits."
    
Highlighting the uniqueness of the handicraft, he said a lot of evolution, innovation and expertise has gone into developing 50,000 varieties of glass beads, popularly known as 'kaanch ki moti'.
    
Gupta's father Kanhaiya Lal had learnt the basics of making glass beads at the Banaras Hindu University way back in 1938 from a Czech couple, who were invited by Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya.
    
"Some 10,000 people in the bordering villages of Mirzapur, Sonebhadra and Varanasi had been involved in this handicraft, almost 90 percent of which used to be exported till about 10 years ago," Gupta said.

But now the markets are flooded with Chinese articles which are also being marketed as "Made in India", he rued, adding that such cheap goods being dumped in the country are posing a challenge to this traditional handicraft.

He said more than half of those involved in this handicraft have adopted other means of livelihood, with some even pulling rickshaws.
    
"The government is not able to check dumping of Chinese goods," he said, adding that in the face of this challenge and for keeping the age-old handicraft alive and sustainable, machines from China, Italy and Czech Republic are being imported.
    
Besides, a proposal for  Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) has been submitted to the MSME (Ministry for Medium, Small and Micro Enterprises) and once it comes through, it will give a big boost to this sector, he said.

Describing the technique, Gupta said glass rods are heated on kerosene oil air blower and its ends are given various shapes as beads, which are further decorated.

"We also use gold and silver foil between glasses on dark background to give a golden and silver sheen," he said.

Latest News from State News Desk