Going swadeshi, CAPF canteen bans 1,000 products, then withdraws list

Written by Deeptiman Tiwary
| New Delhi |

Published: June 2, 2020 4:32:43 am

Given its potential of sparking panic in the industry, the government withdrew the list of products annexed to the order. (Representational)

Creating a flutter, the Kendriya Police Kalyan Bhandar, the canteen of the Central Armed Police Forces under the Ministry of Home Affairs, issued an order to delist — in effect, ban — the sale of over 1,000 “imported” products from June 1.

The list of products annexed to the order — among the products delisted were those of companies such as Dabur India Ltd, Bajaj Electricals, VIP, HUL, Wipro, Bluestar, Havells and Eureka — was withdrawn Monday, but the order remains in force.

In line with the AtmaNirbhar Bharat Abhiyan announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and an order of the MHA to use “swadeshi” products in canteens, the May 29 order, issued under the signature of DIG RM Meena, CEO of KPKB, canteens, said, “In pursuance to the decision taken by Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India, Swadeshi Goods only will be sold through KPKB Bhandars w.e.f. 1st June 2020”.

“On the sole basis of information submitted by the firms, this office has categorized all listed products in three categories viz. (a) Category 1 –…

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