New Delhi: The government on Tuesday said it
proposes to procure weapons on behalf of the states in a bid
to quicken the procurement process.
"Most of the requirement of weaponry of the state
governments is being met through various Ordnance Factories
under the Ordnance Factory Board.
"Demand of all states and Union Territories is being
called for annually, consolidated and discussed with Ordnance
Factory Board in the annual Target Fixation meeting," Minister
of State for Home Mullappally Ramachandran said in a written
reply to Lok Sabha.
He said for the financial year 2010-11, Target
Fixation meeting with OFB had been held on November 13.
Requirement of weaponry of the state police forces
which are not in production range of the OFB is facilitated by
the Central government, the minister said.
This facilitation is being done through issue of
import permission, Customs Duty Exemption Certificate, No
Objection Certificate for import licence, supplying relevant
technical information such as qualitative requirements and to
extent feasible clubbing of the requirement of the states to
any of the ongoing procurement process by the central