Thursday, December 08, 2005

Naxal menace a major internal security concern: Patil

Political Bureau

New Delhi, Dec 7 The government on Wednesday unveiled a multi-pronged approach to deal with the naxal menace, wherein it was willing to hold talks with those who lay down arms and on the other strengthening and modernising the para-military forces, police force and the intelligence system.

Winding up a short-duration discussion in the Rajya Sabha on the internal security situation in the country, home minister Shivraj Patil said, “the Naxal problem is causing concern and we shall have to do something to solve this problem.”

“It has to be a multi-pronged strategy and the Centre has already decided to raise 250 battalions of para-military forces besides modernising and strengthening the police force,” he said.

At the same time, Mr Patil said, the government would not shut its doors and was willing to have dialogue with all those laying down arms besides evolving plans to wean away misguided youths from violence and bring them into the mainstream by providing employment.

The minister said he proposed to strengthen intelligence system particularly at the local level and to provide all assistance to states for economic and social development in naxal-affected areas.

Welcoming the suggestion of senior member PC Alexander to set up a research institute, he said government would consider the proposal as it would be useful in visualising and preparing a detailed plan of action to handle emerging situations from time to time.



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