MHA removes "non-Swadeshi" items from CAPF canteen, then puts a hold on the list

ST Staff
Monday, 1 June 2020

The order issued for over 1,000 products that had previously been de-listed from police canteens was put on hold, and revised order with updated product list will soon be released, said officials.

The MHA declared on May 13 that the nationwide network of more than 1,700 Central Police Canteens (CPCs) or CAPF canteens would only sell indigenous or 'Swadeshi' products as of June 1 in a bid to give domestic industries a fillip.

After de-listing "non-Swadeshi" products from its CAPF and other police canteens including those from Dabur India, Victorinox India, Samsung India and others earlier today, as they are not 'Swadeshi' or made from purely imported products, the Ministry of Home Affairs has now put that order on hold.

The order issued for over 1,000 products that had previously been de-listed from police canteens was put on hold, and revised order with updated product list will soon be released, said officials.

Another official said that the list of prohibited items included many of the products made in India, which resulted in them being held on hold. The order said all the items made from "purely imported products" will be de-listed from Monday's Kendriya Police Kalyan Bhandar or CAPF canteens.

Blue Star Limited, Borosil Glass Works Limited, Colgate Palmolive India Ltd, Dabur India Ltd, VIP Industries, Eureka Forbes, Jaguar, HUL (foods), Nestle India, among others, are companies whose certain products use imported goods and have been de-listed.

The order said that the refusal or de-listing of non-Swadeshi goods is carried out by the canteen board "on the sole basis of the information provided by the companies."

The canteens of CAPF do an estimated business worth Rs 2,800 crore per year by selling their products to 50 lakh families.

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