Thursday, April 26, 2007


17:28 IST
The 23rd meeting of the Co-ordination Centre was held here today to review the naxal situation in the country. It was chaired by the Union Home Secretary, Shri Madhukar Gupta. Chief Secretaries and Directors General of Police of the naxal-affected States took part in the deliberations. Representatives from the Planning Commission and Central Ministries of Tribal Affairs, Panchayati Raj, Rural Development and Forests & Environment were also present to discuss the developmental strategy for these States.

The States were urged to keep a constant watch on the movement of naxal 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. The States were also asked to strengthen their security structures and intelligence gathering machinery and raise India Reserve Battalions. The need for police to adhere to the field-craft and Standard Operating Procedures was stressed.

On the developmental front, the States were advised to review their Resettlement and Rehabilitation policies on a priority basis. The need to put special focus on implementation of Backward Regions Grant Fund (BRGF), Panchayat (Extension to Scheduled Areas) Act ,1996 (PESA), NREGP and ‘The Scheduled Tribes and other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006 was emphasised. State Governments were urged to fill vacancies in the Government at the bottom 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 absence of grassroot machinery.

Some of the major States affected by naxal violence like Chhatisgarh, Jharkhand, Orissa and Bihar made detailed presentations on their action plans to tackle the naxal menace and the steps taken and proposed to be taken by them. Progress of steps taken to fill up vacancies in police, fortify police stations, improve delivery mechanisms, etc. was intimated by the States.

During the first three months of 2007, 395 naxal incidents took place as against 431 during the corresponding period last year. 209 people were killed in these incidents during the current year as against 212 in the corresponding period last year.

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