It was withdrawn by the government only hours after the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) list of more than a thousand non-indigenous items in canteens was halted. Officials of the Union Home Ministry had said that the list released by the Central Police Welfare Store had flaws, so it was withdrawn. A source has told The Indian Express that the officer who made the list to remove these products can be removed from his post.
Sources said that DIG R Meena, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Central Police Welfare Store (KPKB) is likely to be sent back to the CRPF. When Meena was asked about this, she said, “I have not received any such order yet.” Sources said that orders to sell only indigenous items and to stop selling non-indigenous items from CAPF canteen were issued with the consent of MHA. Meena had prepared a list of 1,026 items on 29 May.
A senior government official said that the MHA taking the matter seriously would send the KPKB CEO responsible for preparing this list to the CRPF. It is also being investigated how items were included in the list. The official said that a new list will be prepared soon after making consultation with the nodal officers for Make in India.
The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), which oversees the management of the board of CAPF canteens, said the list had been issued ‘by mistake’. “It is clarified that the list released by the Central Police Welfare Store on 29 May 2020 regarding the ban on sale of certain items was erroneously released at the CEO level,” the statement issued in the name of CRPF Director General said. The Director General of the Central Reserve Police Force is the chairman of the Welfare and Rehabilitation Board overseeing the network of canteens.
The Union Home Ministry announced on 13 May that as part of its effort to boost domestic industries, over 1,700 CAPF canteens across the country would sell only indigenous products from 1st June .