Indian Army

CAPF canteens put procurement on hold till MHA clarifies on ‘swadeshi’ goods

Procurement of fresh supplies for central paramilitary force canteens, that cater to about 50 lakh troops and their families, has been “put on hold” till a clarity is obtained from the government on the term “swadeshi” products, officials said on May 20.

The union home ministry on May 13 had declared that these canteens will only sell indigenous or “swadeshi” products from June 1 in a bid to give fillip to domestic industries.

The central police welfare stores body, under which the country-wide network of these canteens function, has recently issued an order “putting on hold all indent and supply orders for all category of items with immediate effect and till clear instructions on “swadeshi” firms and products is received from the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).

It has informed all paramilitary or Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) that supplies that are already placed and “mobilised” on will be accepted.

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