Centre withdraws order to delist 'non-Swadeshi' products from CAPF canteens
New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: In a bid to give a native (swadeshi) and self-reliant push to a section of country's markets, the central government on Monday passed an order to delist over 1,000 foreign products, which includes a wide range of items from chocolates to gadgets and from shoes to electrical appliances from the (CAPF) Central Armed Police Force Canteens.
However, the order was withdrawn by the government barely an hour after it was initially published out, citing a few discrepancies in the list, as many Indian brands too were delisted in the said order.
"The said officer took out the order without consulting ministry, so seniors have taken an offence and action may be taken against the said officer," a Home Ministry official was quoted as saying by NDTV while adding that a revised list will be out in a short while.
Among the brands which were banned at the paramilitary canteens included Nutella, Kinder Joy, Tic Tac, Horlicks Oats, Eureka Forbes, Tommy Hilfiger shirts, Skechers, Ferraro, Redbull, Victorinox, Safilo (Polaroid) and Adidas body sprays. The delisted brands also named Indian producers such as Usha, Dabur and Bajaj.
The Kendriya Police Kalyan Bhandars (KPKB), the parent body which runs paramilitary canteens across the country, has divided all products sold in its canteens into three categories. Category one is the products which are ‘Purely Made in India’, Category two say about the ones whose ‘Raw Materials imported but products manufactured or assembled in India, and Category 3 refer to the ‘purely imported products’.
The KPKB will sell the products only under category one and category two, whereas all the products in category three list will stand cancelled for sale in KPKB canteens from the date the revised order delisting the foreign products comes into effect.
Last month, days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced 'Atma nirbhar Bharat' (Self-reliant India) campaign with Rs 20 Lakh economic stimulus package, Home Minister Amit Shah had said that only Swadeshi goods will be sold at Central Armed Police Force (CAPF) canteens.
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