Ambala CSD depot refuses to accept authorisation letters for purchase of cars

The Ambala Depot has put another restriction on defence personnel buying vehicles through the Canteen Stores Department (CSD). Now, the depot has decided to accept orders only if the officer is present at the depot with the vehicle he wants to buy and a representative of the dealer. Authorisation letters in the name of the spouse or children won't be accepted.

"The Ambala Depot has rejected orders in which authorisation letters were given by officers to spouses or children," local sales manager of an automobile company said.

"There have been many instances where an officer could not get leave due to service restrictions. In such cases, an authorisation letter was issued in his wife's or child's name. But recently, the Ambala Depot refused to place orders and process the purchase."

According to car dealers in Chandigarh, officials at the depot said the system would prevent vehicles from getting stolen and misuse of authorisation letters.

"Interestingly, if the vehicle is to be purchased from a dealer in Karnal or any other dealer outside Chandigarh, the restrictions don't apply," a serving Wing Commander posted in Punjab said. "I was not able to get a leave on the day the formalities were to be cleared. To avoid making all papers afresh, I issued an authorisation letter in my wife's name. But it was rejected by the Ambala Depot on the pretext that I needed to be physically present with the vehicle and a representative of the dealer."

Recently, new rules were framed for purchasing vehicles through CSD. Under one of the rules, the CSD had decided to place orders only if a certain number of officers wanted to buy the same car.

Also, ownership of a vehicle is first handed over to the depot and only then to the buyer. For this, the dealer is required to take the vehicle from Chandigarh to the Ambala Depot along with the purchaser.

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