FAQ: Canteen Stores Department (CSD) INDIA – AGAINST FIRM DEMAND (AFD)

FAQ: Canteen Stores Department (CSD) INDIA – AGAINST FIRM DEMAND (AFD)

Group VII (AFD) – Televisions, audio and video systems, refrigerators, washing machines, two-wheelers, cars, tractors, cooking ranges (ovens), air conditioners, microwave ovens etc.

Can I purchase all models of AFD-I items (TV, refrigerator, AC etc) through CSD Depots?

No, only models listed in CSD are available through CSD.

A new bike/ car/ television/ refrigerator model was launched yesterday. Can I buy it through CSD? If not, how long will it take for the item to become available through CSD?

All items available in CSD stores go through a strict evaluation process to ensure quality and optimum pricing. Unfortunately, this means that newly-launched products will not be immediately available through CSD. However, the item will be available in CSD stores after a minimum time period of three to four months.

How often can I buy a new television/ refrigerator/ washing machine etc?

All CSD consumers can purchase these items once in three years.

I am an Ex-Serviceman – am I eligible to buy a 4 wheeler through CSD?

Yes, CSD welcomes the patronage of ex-servicemen under certain conditions.

What are the conditions for purchasing a 4 wheeler through CSD?

The following conditions must be met for purchasing a 4 wheeler through CSD:


CategoryCubic CapacityFrequency
a. Officers (Incl Retd) Upto 3000 cc Once in Four Years
b. JCOs granted Honorary Commission & Equivalent (Incl Retd)Upto 2500 ccOnce in Seven Years
c. JCOs & Equivalent (Incl Retd)Upto 2000 ccOnce in Service & Once after Retirement. First Car after Ten Years of Service. Gap Between purchase of Two Cars to be ten years.
d. OR & Equivalent (Incl Retd)Upto 1800 ccOnce in Service & Once after Retirement. First Car after Ten Years of Service. Gap Between purchase of Two Cars to be ten years.
e. Civilians Officers of MoD paid out of Defence Estimates and Officers of CSD (Grade Pay Rs.6600/- and above)Upto 1800 ccOnce in Four Years.

Are all military personnel entitled to purchase 2 wheelers?

Certainly, CSD offers 2 wheelers to every category of the Armed Forces. However, a 2 wheeler can only be purchased every three years.

Do I need any special sanctions in order to purchase a 2 or 4 wheeler?

If so, how do I obtain them? For the convenience of the CSD consumer, no sanction has been placed on the purchase of 2 wheelers. The centralised Car sanction by CS Dte has been discontinued w.e.f. 20 Jul 2015.

Why does the same item have differing costs in different CSD depots?

Unfortunately, CSD is unable to keep costs consistent throughout the country due to differing tax structures of different states.

Are tax benefits available to CSD customers in all states?

Unfortunately, tax benefits are not available in all states. Some states have granted full exemption while others have given certain concessions.

Which states offer full tax exemption on VAT?

The states of Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh have granted full tax exemption to CSD while the Punjab, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh etc have granted certain tax concessions.

Source: CSD India

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