Govt for buying weapons on behalf of states to speedup process

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 paramilitary forces.