CAPF canteens to go swadeshi 

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Announcement comes a day after PM urges people to use local products 

  • Union Home Minister announced that all canteens of the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) would only sell swadeshi or products made in India. 
  • The CAPF comprises forces such as the Central Reserve Police Force, the Border Security Force, the Indo-Tibetan Border Police, the Services Selection Board, the Central Industrial Security Force, the National Security Guard and the Assam Rifles. 
  • The central purchase committee of the Central Police Canteen system is headed by an Additional Director General-rank officer. 
  • The facility was initiated as a welfare venture by the MHA in 2007.  
  • The beneficiaries are serving and retired CAPF personnel and their families. 
  • Presently, there are 119 master canteens that also double as warehouses and more than 1,700 subsidiary canteens that function as retail outlets. 
  • The canteens provide consumer goods of a wide range and variety at cheaper than market rates. 
  • More than 400 firms, which include multi-national companies, are authorized to sell at the CAPF canteens. 

Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) 

  • The Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) refers to uniform nomenclature of security forces in India under the authority of Ministry of Home Affairs.  
  • They are the Assam Rifles(AR), Border Security Force (BSF), Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) and National Security Guard (NSG) and Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB). 
  • Officers in CAPFs are recruited through the Central Armed Police Forces (Assistant Commandants) Examination conducted by UPSC.  
  • They are appointed as Assistant Commandants and are Gazetted Officers generally referred to as DAGOs (Directly Appointed Gazetted Officers) in CRPF, AC (Direct Entry) in BSF.  
  • DEGOs (Departmental Entry Gazetted Officers) are those officers who have been promoted through departmental exams conducted internally for Subordinate Officers. 
  • Initially women were not recruited for the Central Armed Police Forces. 
  • In 1992 Asha Sinha created history by being the first Woman Commandant of any of the Central Armed Forces in India when she was selected as Commandant, Central Industrial Security Force, for Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited.  
  • Earlier the role of Women was allowed but limited to supervisory roles in the Central Armed Police Forces.  
  • The Parliamentary Committees of India for women's empowerment recommended greater roles for women in the CAPF.  
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