Rajnath pitches for aggressive strategy to quell Maoist

Rajnath pitches for aggressive strategy to quell Maoist

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Telangana's K.C. Rao and Andhra Pradesh's N. Chandrababu Naidu did not attend.

The Home Ministry has also reportedly prepared a "hit list" of high-value Naxal targets following the killing of 25 CRPF jawans in Chhattisgarh's Sukma district last month.

The Centre on Monday outlined the need for an aggressive and proactive strategy to counter Naxal insurgency.

"We must focus on the concept of "Samadhan" - which means S-Smart Leadership, A-Aggressive Strategy, M-Motivation and Training, A-Actionable Intelligence, D-Dashboard Based KPIs (Key Performance Indicators) and KRAs (Key Result Areas), H-Harnessing Technology, A-Action Plan for Each Theatre, N-No Access to Financing", the home minister said.

"We need to have enough unmanned aerial vehicles with each battalion".

As many as 12,000 people lost their lives in Maoist violence over the last two decades. He said: "The residential camps of security forces should be well-equipped with power and water facility and better connectivity".

He also called for increased use of technology in security operations and to counter left-wing extremism. I am convinced that the martyrdom of of our security forces will not go in vain.

Mr. Nitish Kumar in his address pointed out that Centre had declined Bihar's request for a helicopter for quick deployment of forces in anti-Maoist operations and suggested that the State share a chopper with Jharkhand.

Addressing a meeting of chief ministers of Naxal-hit states, Singh said a large number of Naxal cadres have been killed and many others have surrendered since 2014.

Home ministry sources said now 90 per cent of Maoist activity is limited to 35 districts, though the ultra-Left guerrillas have pockets of influence in 68 districts in 10 states. Also, aids like PTZ cameras, Global Positioning System tracking and satellite imagery must be employed.

Following the April 24 Sukma attack, the government had vowed to review its anti-Maoist policy. To this end, he said a strategic and unified command should be formed - as a first step to which, the command headquarters of the CRPF has been shifted from Kolkata to Chhattisgarh's Raipur.

The command office has been tasked with strategizing on launching joint operations with the Indian Air Force, Border Security Force, Indo-Tibetan Border Police and the state police along the southern tip of Bastar in Chhattisgarh where its border meets with Odisha, Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh, all of which are affected by Maoist violence.

While additional deployment of CAPF was sought, the statement said some states also sought exemption from payments for CAPF battalions provided by the Central government.

'The conclave would discuss ways to revamp intelligence gathering mechanism, take a close look at ongoing operations against Naxalites, identify problem areas and devise ways to minimise casualties among the security forces, ' a Home Ministry official said.

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