India eases licencing requirements for small arms and ammunition manufacturers

31 October 2017

Key Points

  • Amendments to India's existing licencing rules are intended to spur private-sector investment and boost capability
  • The move is part of the Indian government’s drive to spur competition and break the monopoly of state-owned producers

India has eased licencing rules related to the production of small arms and ammunition in a bid to spur competition in the sector and boost domestic industrial capability.

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) said on 30 October that amendments to India’s Arms Rules, which were introduced in the early 1960s, are intended to “encourage investment” and will support the government’s indigenous manufacturing drive.

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