The Ministry of Home Affairs on Thursday withdrew the order dated May 15 which said only Indian products will be sold through Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) canteens from June 1, in a major relief for Fast-Moving Consumer Goods FMCG companies.
The MHA had earlier said that only Indian products will be sold through the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) canteens from June 1 and these will be procured from Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC).
In the confusion of the term “swadeshi” most of the industries got confused as to whether it has to be “Made in India” or should be an Indian company. However, the issue gets resolved now where the government has clearly identified the verdict.
The information came as a relief to the existing MNC FMCG companies in India like Hindustan Unilever, Nestle, Colgate, Coca-Cola etc. to carry out the day-to-day operations smoothly.
According to sources, the canteen network was established in 2006. There were over 119 master canteens and 1,625 subsidiary canteens at various locations where these forces are deployed, be it along borders or the interiors of Naxal violence-hit or insurgency affected states.
The central parliamentry canteens run a nationwide network of over 1,700 Central Police Canteens (CPCs) that sell products ranging from groceries, clothes, gift items and vehicles among others, except liquor which is procured through open tender or army canteens.