Thursday, April 26, 2007

Centre asks Naxal-hit States to gear up machinery

New Delhi, April. 26 (PTI): The Centre today asked Naxal-hit states to gear up their machinery to tackle the menace, which is posing a major challenge to internal security.

This was conveyed by Union Home Secretary Madhukar Gupta to Chief Secretaries and Directors General of Police of the Naxal-affected states at a day-long meeting of the Coordination Centre on Naxalism here.

The states were told to keep a constant watch on the movement of Naxal groups, training camps, weapons, hideouts and sources of funds. Areas of their current activities and places where they plan to spread violence were some other aspects which the states were asked to keep a watch. They were also asked to fortify police stations in view of frequent attacks by the ultras.

An official release said the states were advised to strengthen their security structures and intelligence gathering machinery and raise India Reserve Battalions. The need for police to adhere to Standard Operating Procedures was also stressed in view of some recent incidents in which security forces have suffered heavy casualties.

The states on their part demanded additional companies of para-military forces and relaxation of norms for sanction of roads and electricity connection to villages, sources said.

In the backdrop of reports that people, mostly tribals, uprooted by SEZ or industries were joining the Naxals, the states were advised to review their resettlement and rehabilitation policies on a priority basis. Special focus on developmental plans was also suggested.

Major Naxal-hit states like Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Orissa and Bihar made detailed presentations of their action plans to tackle the menace.


Source: IANS
The central government Thursday asked the states facing violence by Maoist guerrillas to achieve better coordination between the police forces and security personnel to fight the menace.

Presiding over the Coordination Centre on Naxalism meet here, Union Home Secretary Madhukar Gupta told the chief secretaries and the directors general of police of the Maoist-hit states to religiously adhere to the Standard Operating Procedure, evolved for the security personnel, fighting radical Leftwing violence in border areas between the two states.

Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Bihar and Orissa are among the states most hit by the violence unleashed by Maoists, who claim to be fighting for the landless and the poor.

Gupta sought to impress upon the states that when a police party enters a neighbouring state while chasing Maoists, police in that state should extend cooperation and react to information with alacrity.

The states were also urged to keep a constant watch on the movement of Maoist groups, their weaponry, training camps, hideouts, sources of weapons and funds, areas of current activity and areas in which they plan to spread violence and activity, said a home ministry release.

It added that the states were also asked to strengthen their security structures and intelligence gathering machinery and raise India Reserve Battalions.

On the developmental front, the states were advised to review their resettlement and rehabilitation policies on a priority basis, said the release, adding that the states also need to expeditiously implement the projects under Backward Regions Grant Fund - and the rural job guarantee scheme.

They were also urged to fill vacancies at the lowest level of the district administration, especially in rural and tribal areas, through special recruitment drives to ensure that the developmental agenda of the government was not neglected due to the absence of the grass-root machinery.

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