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Sports Ministry relaxes arms import provisions for shooters

Last Updated: Friday, January 29, 2010 - 15:00

New Delhi: In what would come as a major
boost for the country`s top shooters preparing for this year`s
Commonwealth Games, the Sports Ministry has "liberalised"
provisions for the import of weapons and cartridges for their

"The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports (MYAS) has
liberalised and rationalised procedures for import of weapons
and ammunition and resale of used weapons by renowned
shooters," the ministry said in a statement.

"A Committee under Joint Secretary (Sports) examined the
existing procedures and decided to liberalise them. The orders
to this effect has been issued by the Ministry, yesterday."

Under the new guidelines, the No Objection Certificates
required for an import license and the Custom Duty Exemption
Certificates will no longer have to routed through the

"A renowned shooters may be allowed to approach the
Regional Authority of Director General Foreign Trade (DGFT)
directly after obtaining the recommendations of National
Rifles Association of India.”

"The present practice of MYAS issuing `Custom Duty
Exemption Certificate` may be dispensed with and a suitable
provision may be made for automatic grant of custom duty
exemption on the basis of self-certification by the renowned
shooter along with the documentary evidence in respect of
import of weapons/ammunition."

Bureau Report

First Published: Friday, January 29, 2010 - 15:00
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