The Lucknow-based Central Command will make a presentation on "The Naxal situation: likely developments and resources required'' during the meeting of the Army top brass. "It's a security challenge and we have to discuss it. This does not mean we are directly joining the battle against the Naxals,'' said a senior officer.
The Army is already providing training and advise to the central paramilitary as well as state police forces. It has, for instance, already trained almost 200 companies of state police forces and 25 paramilitary battalions.
IAF, in turn, has currently deployed four Mi-17 helicopters for reconnaissance, logistical and casualty evacuation duties in the anti-Naxal operations, apart from occasionally providing AN-32 transport aircraft.
Defence minister A K Antony has, time and again, also made it clear that there is no scope of `directly' employing the armed forces in the ongoing battle against the Maoists. Home minister P Chidamabarm, too, has ruled out the deployment of Army and IAF in the anti-Naxal operations