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    Desi companies also hit by defence canteens’ ban on imports

    Synopsis

    For Bajaj Electricals, CSD has banned items ranging from chimneys and sandwich toasters to OTGs and gas geysers that are being shipped from China in finished form.

    (This story originally appeared in on Oct 30, 2020)
    NEW DELHI: Not only foreign biggies, but several indigenous companies too, including Dabur, VIP, Milton and Bajaj Electricals, have found themselves in the firing line, as the government-controlled Canteen Stores Department (CSD) has decided to ban 422 directly imported items from military canteens in an effort to support PM Narendra Modi’s ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan’ that has been launched to promote domestic manufacturing.

    In the case of homegrown FMCG major Dabur, for instance, CSD has banned Real branded juices that are being imported from Nepal and Sri Lanka. For Bajaj Electricals, CSD has banned items ranging from chimneys and sandwich toasters to OTGs and gas geysers that are being shipped from China in finished form. Luggage maker VIP Industries, too, couldn’t evade the flak as the CSD has banned a long list of products from Bangladesh.

    TIMES VIEW :

    Atmanirbharta means self-reliance, not insularity. Stopping imported goods of Indian companies is taking the word in its narrowest sense and not in the right spirit. Such a move can lead to isolation and reduce opportunities for Indian businesses. Self-reliance shouldn't become a self-defeating exercise.


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    13 Comments on this Story

    Wg Cdr Thomas Verghese Retired29 days ago
    Without International competition we will have protected inefficient manufacturers churning out substandard products. Restrictions imposed on Chinese Goods may be OK but why restrict Asian countries - let us make it a Win-Win situation with ur Asian neighbors.
    Ravie Gupta29 days ago
    this is a good move of government
    Madhukar Chiddarwar29 days ago
    It's a good decision and will promote local manufacturing, generate jobs.
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