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TECHNICAL

Procedure for importation of Low Power Communication Equipment

1. The following are categorized as low power communication equipment.

a. Cordless Telephones.

b. Wireless Microphones

c. Remote Controlled Domestic equipments. Such as Radio/TV Remote Controls, Door Openers, Burglar Alarms etc.

d. Remote Controlled Toys

2. The following restrictions are imposed on the importation of low power communication equipment.

a. Range of cordless telephones and Remote Wirless Microphones should not exceed 100M.

b. Range of Remote Controlled Domestic Devices should not exceed 10M.

c. Range of Remote Controlled Toys (Excluding Air crafts) should not exceed 10M.

d. Range of Remote Controlled Air Craft/Flying Devices will not be permitted to be imported.

Security clearance for the issue of Vendors Licence

a. Vendors License should be obtained subject to above conditions.

b. Income tax Report along with a copy of the last quarter payment slip.

c. Business Registration and Names of the Board of Directors.

d. The applicant is also required to present himself for an interview at the Ministry of Defence.

e. Once a consignment is received, sample of each item should be produced to TRC for inspection.

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EXPLOSIVE AND FIREARMS

The Explosive Act- NO 1133/13 Wednesday, May 2000 (The Gazette of the Sri Lanka).Acrobat Reader format

Implementation of the Provisions of the Firearms Ordinance Issue of gun licences Secretary to the Ministry of Public Security, Law and Order has become the licensing Authority in issuing gun licences.

Issuing of firearms within the Island is being made mainly under five categories which are mentioned below.

However the Ministry is adopting a serious screening process and very strict procedure in granting licences to use firearms in the best interest of the Civil Security.

i. Issue of licence for firearms for the purpose of crop protection.

ii. Issue of licences for firearms for the purpose of self - defence and the protection of property.

iii. Issue of licences for firearms for the purpose of Sports.

iv. Issue of licences for firearms for Private Security Agencies & the Public Institutions.

v. Issues of licences for state-owned firearms for Parliamentarians.

A scheme for provision of shotguns for the purpose of crop protection is presently in progress.

This scheme operated in liaison with the District Secretaries / Government Agencies and the firearms for crop protection are issued on their recommendation. Nearly two thousand licences have been issued during the year 2002.

The Ministry of Public Security, Law and Order adopts a very strict policy regarding the issue of firearms for the purpose of self-defence. Accordingly a minimum number of licensces was issued to the persons who needed self-defence in genuinely.

Firearms are also authorized for the purpose of sports on recommendation by the National Rifle Association. Accordingly listed number of new licences was issued to the members of this Association for these sport activities.

Firearms are authorized for the Private Security Agencies too under very strict conditions. The criteria, in this aspect are the transportation of cash of the institutions that the services are provided by the relevant security agencies.

Accordingly, a very limited number of new firearms were authorized to the Security Agencies who engaged in cash transport.

Authorization of official firearms to the people Representatives for the purpose of their self-defence is a procedure practiced for a long time.

Accordingly, issue of official firearms and the licences to the people representatives who needed them for the first time was carried out by this Division.

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Control of Explosives

Activities relating to control of Explosives.


IN terms of the provisions of the Explosives Ordinance No. 21 of 1956, Secretary to the Ministry of Public Security, Law and Order functions as the Controller of Explosives while one Deputy Controller of Explosives attached to the Ministry of Public Security, Law and Order performs duties under him.

Ten Assistant Controllers of Explosives attached to District Secretariats throughout the country to assist the Deputy Controller of Explosives.

Under this project all the permits and licences issued for the use of commercial explosives in the Quarry Industry, Firework Industry and Match Industry are controlled and monitored in liaison with the District Secretaries / Government Agents.

Commercial Explosives required for the above industries were issued during the year 2002 without any shortages and to was monitored. The requirements for new development projects were also fulfilled.

A seminar to create an awareness among all the firework Industrialists of the country and to provide of guidance was held at Katana Divisional Secretariat in Gampaha.

By virtue of the powers vested in the Controller of Explosives under the Ports Authority Act permits for shipments which entered into the harbour and returned, reshipments and unloading of dangerous cargo in the harbour were issued.

Initial steps were taken to present a draft amending the ordinance in order on to enhance the punishments imposed on the use of unauthorized Explosives with the intention of preventing such acts and also to meet some administrative requirements.

Assessed the requirements of commercial explosives in the year 2002 and arranged to procure such Commercial Explosives, Firearms and ammunitions through the Sri Lanka Navy for the year 2003.

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PRIVATES SECURITY AGENCIES

1. Registration procedure

Implementation of the Provisions of the Regulation of the Private Security Agencies Act No.45 of 1998

Laws to regulate the Private Security Agencies Act No. 45 of 1998 and the Regulations made under that Act and published in the Extra-ordinary Gazette No. 1105/27 of 12th Nov. 1999 were given legal effect on 01st January 2002.

Since these carrying out of Private Security Agencies, as a business, without registering under this Ministry is illegal. The implementation of this Act is now vested in the Ministry of Public Security, Law and Order.

Under the above laws and Regulations, a legal basis has been established to act upon the establishment and carry on the business of Private Security by Private Security Agencies and also to control training and to evaluate the quality of employees of such establishments.

The policy to be adopted for the firearms training that should be given to the cadres in these Agencies was formulated by the Ministry.

With the new Agencies registered during the year, 209 Private Security Agencies were issued licences as at the end of the year 2002.

Since there is a legal framework which controls the Private Security Industry, the Government could enforce better standards for the Industry, which now provides Security to the State Departments, Corporations, Authorities, Bank and Private Sector enterprises.

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2. Training courses for security personnel

The Ministry of Defence, Public security, Law and Order, Civil Security Division, conducts regular training programmes for all grades of security personnel of The Government, Departments / Corporations / Banks and the Private Security Organizations in basic security duties and handing and firing of the shotgun Repeater Shotgun and Pistol.

Courses are residential and of 14 days and 5 days duration conducted at our newly built training center at Kaluthara which is well equipped and furnished to make your stay comfortable and homely

A nominal fee of Rs.3800.00 for a 14 day training course and Rs. 1600.00 for a 5 day training course levied to meet the overhead expenses for food, accommodation, lecture fee and other miscellaneous expenses.

Lectures are conducted in the English and Sinhalese languages by a panel of lectures who are well qualified and experienced in this field, on subjects such as

a) Fire protection and Fire fighting.

b) First Aid

c) Power of arrest, Search and the right o private Defence

d) Security Duties and Documents.

e) Security persons and Premises

f) Public relation

g) Weapon handling and Live Firing

h) The Bomb Threat

i) Vehicle Searching

j) Discipline and Change of Attitudes

For further information contact 011-2430860 up to 79 Ext 225, e mail or Feed Back Form.

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MLO's Services

 

Camouflage Items

Clearance of camouflage items

Application should be forwarded through the ministry of textile or board of investment of Sri Lanka with their recommendation, to get approval, for the printing, manufacture, import or export of camouflage material/products.

Import of camouflage material

Two A4 size sample of material should be submitted to the Ministry of Defence, with the copies of invoices and other relevant documents

Export of camouflage materials

A sample of manufacture product or garment should be submitted to the Ministry of Defence with the relevant Documents.

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Outboard / Inboard Boat Engines

Import licence for outboard/inboard boat engines

Following details with the recommendation of the relevant authorities should be submitted to the Ministry of Defence to obtain approval to import Outboard/Inboard Motors

1. Engine power

2. Engine model

3. Quantity

4. Purpose

Recommending Authorities

a. Fisheries activities - Ministry of fisheries& Aquatic Resources.

b. Sport Activities - Ministry of Sport and youth affairs

c. Tourism Purpose - Ministry of Tourism

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Air Craft spares

Import licence for Air Craft spares

Importation of spare parts for Air Crafts depends on the certification by the chairman of Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka Request should be channeled through Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka.

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Clearance for UN and other International Agencies

Clearance of security items for un and other international agencies

Application should be channeled through the ministry of Foreign Affairs to get approval of the Ministry of Defence to clear Security Items .Copies of certificate of clearance or Air way bills and invoices should be forwarded Clearance of cargo (Civil)

Permission to berth Merchant Vessels is granted for the following.

1. To discharge Security Cargo consigned to the armed forces and he Police.

2. To Discharge containers for onward transshipments.

3. For in -transit shipments of Dangerous Cargo.

4. To carry arms and ammunition onboard under the custody of the master of the ship of the vessel being berth.

Diplomatic Clearance

Requests should be forwarded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for vessels / Aircrafts / helicopters belonging to other countries to Sri Lankan waters over-fly.

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Air Passage

Request for air passage

Granting approval for civilians to use slaf aircraft on payment basis.

Procedure :

* Civilians who wish to use SLAF aircraft are to write/ fax a detailed description of the journey with the identity card numbers of the passengers who wish to travel, to the Secretary of Defence prior to 7 days of the intended date of travel.

* After the approval is granted MOD will fax the authority letter to the customer with an information copy to the Air Force.

* All passengers are to oblige the conditions laid down by the SLAF for the use of SLAF aircraft on hire.

* All passages are to liaise with SLAF for the purpose of coordinating the flight after approval is granted from MOD.

* Air passage is given free of charge subject to availability of aircraft.

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Aircraft on free of charge basis.

Granting approval for Ministries/ Civilians to use Sri Lanka Air Force aircraft-free of charge

Procedure :

* Prior approval form the He The President of Sri Lanka

* Requests to be forwarded to the Ministry Of Defence For approval with detailed description of the journey.

* After the approval, MOD Will fax the authority letter to the customer with an information copy to the Air Force

* Al passengers to oblige with the conditions laid down by the Sri Lanka Air Force Aircraft, FREE OF CARGE

* Air passage is given FREE OF CHARGE Subject to availability of Air Crafts

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Map / Aerial photographs and aerial photography

Aerial photography procedure

* Requests for aerial photography is channeled through MOD providing detailed description of the purpose.

* The approval is granted subject to the coordinating load down by SLAF for such operations.

* Aerial photography is given free of charge subject to availability of aircraft.

Issue of survey maps and aerial photographs

Maps of high Security Zones and restricted areas are not issued to the public. Maps issued to the applicants are to e used for the purpose stated in the application only.

Application should be submitted to the MOD to obtain permission with the Following details

* Map or aerial Photo graph No/s

* Name of the area required

* Scale Quantity

* Purpose

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Visits to High Security Zones, Militery hqs & Establishments

Visits to army, navy, air force, police and special task force headquarters and other security establishments, for presentations and demonstrations.

Permission is granted o both foreign and local representative of commercial establishments producing items relevant to the armed forces to meet with officials of the tri services, Police and STF etc for purpose of conducting presentations / field demonstrations etc of their products.

Applicants should submit the following.

* Name/s of representative/s and their designation

* Passport No/s or National ID card/s No/s

* Purpose

* Description of the Items to be presented at demonstrations/presentations.

 

Visits to army, navy, air force, police and special task force establishments in the north and east.

Permission is granted for request made to visits to Army, Navy, Air Force, Police and Special Task Force establishments, and meet tri service, Police and STF personnel in the North and East

Applicants should submit the following.

* Name/s of representative/s and their designation

* Passport No/s or National ID card/s No/s

* Purpose

Permission to visit PIDURUTHALAGALA

Access to Piduruthalagala has been curtailed by the MOD as it is cleared as high security zone. Permission is granted to personnel to enter this prohibited area for operational. Or maintenance work.

Following details should be submitted to the MOD to obtain permission

* List of Names of visiting team and their national ID card Nos.

* Date/s of visit

* Vehicle/s registration No/s.

* Purpose of visit

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Filming and Photography in High Security Zones

Authority for filming and photography

Permission is granted to carry out filming and photography in the high security Zones/Restricted areas under the supervision of Tri Services Police or STF Officials.

Applicants should submit the following.

* Names of the members of the crew

* NIC Nos /Passport Nos of the above personnel

* Details of filming/Photography (areas/Locations, date/s time/s, duration of filming)

* Details of vehicle/s (Vehicle Registration Nos.. Drivers' Name/s ID Nos and Driving Licence Nos.

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Training courses for security personnel

Training courses for security personnel

The ministry of Defence, Public security, Law and Order, Civil Security Division, conducts regular training programmes for all grades of security personnel of the Government Departments /Corporations / Banks and the private Security organizations in basic security duties and handling and firing of the shotgun, Repeater Shotgun and Pistol.

Courses are residential and of 14 days and 5 days duration conducted at our newly built training center at Kaluthara which is well equipped and furnished to make your stay comfortable and homely

A nominal fee of Rs.3800.00 for a 14day training course and Rs. 1600.00 for a 5 day training course is levied to meet the overhead expenses for food, accommodation, lecture fees and other miscellaneous expenses.

Lectures are conducted in English and Sinhalese languages by a panel of lectures who are well qualified and experienced in this field , on subjects such as

a) Fire protection and Fire fighting.

b) First Aid

c) Power of arrest, Search and the right o private Defence

d) Security Duties and Documents.

e) Security persons and Premises

f) Public relations

g) Weapon handling and Live Firing

h) The Bomb Threat

i) Vehicle Searching

j) Discipline and Change of Attitudes

For further information contact 011-2430860 up to 79 Ext 225 , e mail or Feed Back Form

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Dangerous Cargo Clearance

Issue of permits for shipments carrying dangerous cargo to enter the ports of Sri Lanka for discharge/ transshipments or in-transit cargo.

Following information should be furnished by the shipping lines and clearing agents.

a. Name and the voyage number of the vessel.

b. Expected date of arrival.

c. Port of loading and port of Destination.

d. Name of commodity. SLPA Page- group and IMO- Page Group.

e. Quantity of commodity in the weight.

f. Container numbers.

g. Copy of bill of lading

h. Whether the cargo is for in-transit/transshipment /discharge or clearance.

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