Maharashtra's Home Department today announced a new arms policy, taking into consideration aspects like anti-terrorism, anti-Maoism and law and order.
The policy, a revision of the earlier one, was initiated by Home Minister R R Patil, seeks to arm police force with latest weapons to tackle threats from various fronts.
The policy would help arm police force with modern pistols, assault rifles, sub machine guns, rocket launchers, LMG and sniper rifles.
The government has made funds available on priority basis for procuring arms and ammunition, Patil said.
Specific arms would be imported, the minister said.
The Department would review the policy in three years, he said. The policy would also be applicable for state reserve police.
Chief Minister Ashok Chavan recently made a proposal of Rs 1,968 crore to the Central Government for the modernisation and upgrading of the state police force, and to help wipe out terrorism and Maoism from the state.
Since the state's resources to counter these are limited, Chavan appealed to the Central Government to make suitable budgetary provisions for the purpose.