Home minister calls for 'unity of purpose' to tackle Naxals

Posted May 09, 2017

The idea was floated by Home Minister Rajnath Singh while addressing a meeting of chief ministers of Naxal-hit states here today where he offered them help with the state of the art technology.

And in a sort of confirmation of the conditions our security forces have to live in - something quite a few of them have highlighted in videos and complaints, Singh said there was a need for better training facilities and regular provision of basic amenities for the forces on the ground.

"We will have to be cautious that extremely defensive deployment may result in reduction of operational offensive".

"While demands for additional deployments were also raised, some States like Bihar sought exemption from payment of the central forces".

Asking the states to take charge and act together, Singh said that along with strategic command, unified command is also required to address the problem of LWE and that a similar unified command is also required at the operations level. Of these, 2,700 were security personnel and 9,300 were innocent people, he said.

In a sign of things to come, the Centre today underlined the need to have "aggression" in the battle against left-wing extremism (LWE) in the country and stated that the state governments should take the ownership of anti-Naxal operations.

"There is need to find a solution for this problem and the strategy is available and encompassed in the word "SAMADHAN". The 9/11 Commission stated that the incident was not failure of intelligence but the failure of imagination, he said.

"We have to consider that although the figures of the surrenders of the left wing extremists are increasing, but whether the benefit of intelligence from these surrendered left wing extremists cadres is being derived", Singh asked. Singh called for harnessing of technology to fight Naxals. "The presence of our forces should instill fear in the left wing extremists and a sense of confidence among the local people and tribals - "Let your action speak for itself".

After the meeting, Singh told reporters: "India is the largest democracy in the world, and LWE groups are trying to weaken the democracy in the country". "In order to free India from the influence of left wing extremists that encourage violence and killing, it is necessary that we all should think and work in this direction".

Development issues will also be discussed with a view to ensuring rapid development of LWE-affected areas, the statement said.

The day-long meeting on Monday is also being attended by the secretaries of the union ministries, besides chief secretaries and police chiefs of Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Odisha, West Bengal, Bihar, Maharashtra, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh, a Home Ministry statement said. "Unity of objective and unity of action are essential for the success of operations", he said at the meeting that was skipped by the Chief Ministers of West Bengal (Mamata Banerjee), Andhra Pradesh (N Chandrababu Naidu), Telangana (K Chandrasekhara Rao) and Madhya Pradesh (Shivraj Singh Chouhan).

The meeting was attended by chief ministers, chief secretaries, director generals of police of the respective state governments, director generals of Central and state police forces, the defence secretary and the Intelligence Bureau chief as well as collectors and police chiefs of 35 worst-affected districts.