Defence

Desi move: Purchase only Indian weapons, forces told

Home Minister Amit Shah has played another Desi gamble, ordering the central para-military forces and central police organisations to go for purchase of arms and ammunitions from the Indian firms, besides the procurement from the State-run Ordnance Factory Board (OFB). He wants to put a total ban on their procurement from abroad.

Sources said the Home Ministry is in the process of floating the tenders for the purpose after interacting with at least 17 private firms having the requisite licenses through video conferencing. The purchases from these companies, shortlisted from some 40 companies, will include missiles, rockets, torpedoes, artillery guns, besides the rifles and ammunitions.

The Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) or the para-military forces have the combined manpower strength of 10 lakh, including National Security Guards (NSG), Border Security Force (BSF), Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB), Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), and Assam Rifles.

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