Published: Tue, May 09, 2017
Business | By Pat Ferguson

Rajnath comes up with 'SAMADHAN' for Maoist menace

Rajnath comes up with 'SAMADHAN' for Maoist menace

Even as Home minister Rajnath Singh on Monday called for an aggressive strategy to tackle Maoist violence and directed Maoist-hit states to "take ownership" of operations, Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar countered that the Centre can not just play a "reviewing role" in a federal structure. "We need to consider whether to react only after the occurrence of any incident or we should be more proactive". Stating that the "whole country is agitated" post-Sukma attack, Singh said that he was "concerned but not perturbed" by this attack.

Official sources said the newly appointed CRPF Director General Rajeev Rai Bhatnagar has been asked to ensure that the command begins functioning from Raipur before the high-level meeting of Left Wing Extremism (LWE)-hit states here tomorrow.

Speaking to the press after the day-long meeting, Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi said nearly all the States had demanded the continuation or revival of centrally sponsored security related schemes.

Talking about the welfare of securitymen deployed in Naxal-affected areas, who often face fatigue and stress, the home minister said it was important that their camps have better facilities for power, water and mobile phone connectivity.

He said, the forces on the ground level should not lack leadership and unity of objective and unity of action are essential for the success of operations.

"Security forces should have knowledge of language, dialects, traditions and culture, so that they can adapt to the local conditions and earn the trust of the local people which will help in establishing a good intelligence network", he emphasised. "We know that left wing extremists mostly use looted weapons".

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Under the SRE Scheme, Singh said, reimbursement of security-related expenses such as ex-gratia, transportation, training, honorarium for special police officers etc, was done by the central government in 106 districts of 10 states. "We need to use UAVs [drones], PTZ cameras, Global Positioning System tracking, thermal imaging, and Radar and satellite images [to do that]".

He also mentioned that the Centre has deployed 118 battalions of paramilitary forces to assist states in fighting Maoists.

An official release said a holistic review of the situation will be undertaken covering security and development issues, particularly infrastructure building.

The central zone, an operational field formation, was set up on August 7, 2009, and was tasked with the responsibility of deployment of CRPF troops in the entire "red belt" of states hit by Naxalite violence including West Bengal, Jharkhand, Bihar, Orisha, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh.

Chief Minister reiterated that Union Government should not claim reimbursement of expenditure on deployment of Central Armed Police Force (CAPF) in LWE affected States since LWE is a national internal security threat and the state governments themselves are investing sizeably from their own meagre resources to contain the menace.

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