Explore CSD's 2024 four-wheeler entitlement updates. This guide details revised categories, costs, and electric vehicle incentives, benefiting serving personnel, retirees, and defense civilians. Stay informed on the February 2024 policy changes."
CSD Four-Wheeler Entitlements - New Guidelines 2024

Revised Entitlements : CSD four wheeler Buying Policy 2024

The Canteen Stores Department (CSD) serves as a comprehensive store for our defense heroes, offering a range of items like AFD-I and AFD-II products. The government keeps updating the policies to  benefits for our soldiers, determining factors such as the number of cars one can buy and the available items. This ongoing commitment is a way of expressing gratitude to our defense community, ensuring they and their families can access essential goods at affordable prices through evolving entitlement policies.

The Canteen Stores Department (CSD) has updated its car procurement policy, effective from 01 February , 2024. For Defence Personnel in pay levels 3 to 5, the maximum number of cars they can buy during their service has increased from two to four, priced at 8 lakhs each. Individuals in pay levels 6 to 9 now have the opportunity to purchase up to five cars throughout their lifetime, with each car costing 10 lakhs. This change aims to provide more flexibility and choices to eligible CSD customers for their car purchases.

The eligibility criteria for CSD Canteen car purchases in 2024 have been revised for Junior Commissioned Officers (JCO) and Other Ranks (OR), ensuring transparency and fairness. Officers of Ordnance Factories are also now included in the updated policy. The new criteria are effective from February 1, 2024, and it’s essential for Armed Forces personnel to understand the modified procedure for acquiring a four-wheeler from CSD Canteen through CSD AFD.

The CSD Canteen Car Policy for Other Ranks (ORs) in 2024 applies to personnel with the rank of Sepoy to Havildar or equivalent in the Indian Air Force (IAF) and Indian Navy (IN), with a pay level ranging from 3A to 5. The maximum amount for purchasing a car is 8 lakhs, excluding taxes, and individuals can acquire up to four cars during their lifetime. Pensioner widows can use the unused quota of car purchases from the deceased individual, with an 8-year gap between acquisitions.

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For Junior Commissioned Officers (JCOs) in pay levels 6 to 9, the updated policy allows for a maximum of five car purchases throughout their lifetime, replacing the previous limitation of three cars. This benefit applies to current and former Armed Forces members, pensioners, widows, and next of kin, allowing them to purchase cars up to a maximum value of 10 lakhs, excluding taxes. The first car can be obtained after completing a minimum of five years of service, with an eight-year interval between subsequent purchases.

For Pay Level 3 to 5 
Earlier LimitTwo cars during service
New LimitFour cars, each priced at 8 lakhs
When to BuyAnytime during service
For Pay Level 6 to 9 
Earlier LimitThree cars during service
New LimitFive cars throughout life, each costing 10 lakhs
When to BuyFirst car after five years of service, then every eight years
For Pay Level 10 to 18 
Cost LimitRs. 20 Lakh (excluding taxes)
Number of CarsOnce every eight years
Bonus for Electric Vehicles (EVs) 
Extra LimitUp to Rs. 5 Lakh more for EVs
When to Buy EVsFirst-time EV buyers can buy after six years from the last four-wheeler purchase. Next purchases allowed after eight years
Updated entitlement 2024

Samar Bhalla, Brig CS for QMG, emphasizes these changes, ushering in a new era of entitlements for four-wheelers through the CSD, aiming to cater to the diverse needs of our armed forces and defense civilians.

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