CAUTIONS AGAINST UNAUTHORISED SALE OF INDIAN ARMY UNIFORM: In an effort to check the unauthorised proliferation of the Indian Army’s new pattern combat dress, the Military Police along with Udhampur City police have carried out an awareness campaign in Udhampur City on August 19th and 20th, 2022.

With the unveiling of the new combat dress in January this year, the Indian Army had established the ownership of the pattern and design and had applied to the Office of the Controller General of Patents, Designs and Trade Marks. The Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) processes are expected soon.

The main reason for the concept of such a campaign is the cause of security concern arising out of the uncontrolled proliferation of existing combat uniforms. The sale of Indian army uniforms in the open market makes the uniform easily available to anyone who wants it, posing vulnerabilities for the security of military establishments and personnel.

The Indian Army has chalked out plans to take tough action against the dealers who are selling unauthorised but almost similar-looking pattern and fabric uniforms. Once the IPR process is completed, the Army will be able to take legal action and subsequently prosecute the unauthorised shopkeepers selling the combat dress material.

To that end, the Corps of Military Police, in collaboration with Udhampur Police and market associations, has conducted a campaign to educate shopkeepers in Udhampur City. The purpose of this intervention is to dissuade them from selling unauthorised combat uniforms in the interest of national security. Shopkeepers have shown a positive response and agreed to cooperate with army authorities for the cause.

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