Delisting Imported Goods from Paramilitary Canteens on Hold: MHA

The move comes after the PM announced that India should become more ‘self-reliant’.

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The Ministry of Home Affairs has withdrawn the order of delisting products from paramilitary canteens which was issued on 29 May, said a report by ANI. A revised order with updated list of products will be released soon the report added.

Earlier in May, Home Minister Amit Shah, in response to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s speech on ‘self-reliance’ had said that only indigenous products will be sold at all Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) canteens from 1 June.

This announcement came after the government had announced last month that only indigenous products will be sold at paramilitary canteens to boost domestic industries.

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"The said officer took out the order without consulting ministry, so seniors have taken an offence and action may be taken against said officer,” a senior functionary the Home Ministry told NDTV.

A revised list will be sent out shortly, according to the official.

Officials told PTI that a number of Indian products from Dabur India, Bajaj, Usha also ended up being banned. Victorinox India, Samsung India were also delisted from CAPF canteens as they are not ‘swadeshi’. The imported products are from firms like Jaquar, Eureka Forbes, HUL (foods), Nestle, said the report.

Other products that won’t be available are Nutella, Kinder Joy, Tic Tac, Horlicks Eats and Tommy Hilfiger. Certain brands that sell home appliances will also not be available, the report stated.

The PTI report also stated that the order said the rejection of the imported goods has been done by the canteen board ‘on the sole basis of information submitted by the firms’.

This move comes after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan’ or self-reliance campaign, saying that Indians must support local products to help the economy.

(With inputs from NDTV and PTI)

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