To check misuse of military canteen facilities, more restrictions have been put on liquor quota and sale of cars. The new policy has reached various command headquarters for implementation and their feedback is also asked for.
There is no change in liquor authorisation, however it has been limited as per brand type. An officer is entitled for 10-12 liquor bottles, but now out of that scotch whiskey will be permitted up to 50% of total entitlement.
Junior Commissioned Officers (JCOs) and their equivalents are entitled for six bottles but now out of the quota they can only have three whiskey bottles including one scotch whiskey.
The other ranks are entitled for four bottles but now they can only have two whiskey bottles including one scotch whiskey out of the total quota.
Widows were earlier entitled to three bottles, but now they will be authorised to 50% of total entitlement of the deceased husband.
As a large part of budget gets exhausted against purchase of AFD ( Against Firm Demand) goods ( like TV, refrigerator, four wheeler, two wheeler, electronic items) under the new policy cars for officers have been restricted once in five years, earlier it was once in two years. JCOs and their equivalents can buy car once in 10 years, earlier the second car was allowed after five years.
The other ranks can buy once in their lifetime, where as earlier the second car was allowed after seven years.
In case of two-wheelers, officers can buy every three years (with maximum three vehicles in total), where as earlier the restriction was just of two years. JCOs and other ranks can buy every five years with maximum of 2 two-wheelers. Earlier, they were allowed to purchase every two years.
There is no change in the policy for other AFD goods.
The new policy says that the ceiling limit in a bronze card (meant for URCs) “is quite high and may be the main source of misuse”. These cards remain with canteen managers and can be used for entitled soldiers who do not have smart card temporarily for any reason. It has been decided that ceiling limit in a bronze card is restricted to 1,000 units in liquor from 10,000 per month and in grocery to Rs 1 lakh from Rs 10 lakh per month earlier. In AFD items, the ceiling has been reduced to Rs 2 lakh per annum from Rs 10 lakh per annum. Similarly, silver cards will be withdrawn completely.