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09 May 2017, 07:54 | Cedric Leonard
12000 people have been killed by Maoists in the past 20 years, says Rajnath Singh
"Unity of goal 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 decision came in the wake of the April 24 Maoist attack in Sukma, Chhattisgarh, that left 25 CRPF troopers dead.
"Today we need to consider whether to react only after the occurrence of any incident or we should be more proactive", he said.
Later briefing media, Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi said, the Home Ministry will set up a committee to maintain coordination between Central Paramilitary Forces and State police forces in Left Wing Extremism affected states.
He also said unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) would be pressed into service to bust their hideouts.
As many as 12,000 citizens had lost their lives in Maoist violence over the last two decades, he said.
He also called for increased use of technology in security operations and to counter left-wing extremism.
Highlighting the need for motivation and training, the Home Minister said there was a need to improve the training and other facilities at the camps. I am convinced that the martyrdom of of our security forces will not go in vain.
Singh said trackers should also be embedded in shoes, bullet-proof jackets besides others.
Singh also said the Maoists could not be dealt with only by force but by long-term and short-term solutions. Also, aids like PTZ cameras, Global Positioning System tracking and satellite imagery must be employed.
Several States also raised the issue of discontinuation of central schemes such as Special Infrastructure Scheme (SIS) and Integrated Action Plan (IAP) and a considerable reduction in central funds as an impediment to winning the war against the Maoists.
"The forces on the ground level should not lack leadership".
Ahead of the crucial meeting, the strategic command headquarters of CRPF's anti-Naxal operations was shifted from Kolkata to Chhattisgarh.
Chief Minister reiterated that Union Government should not claim reimbursement of expenditure on deployment of Central Armed Police Force (CAPF) in LWE affected States since LWE is a national internal security threat and the state governments themselves are investing sizeably from their own meagre resources to contain the menace.
"We have to bring aggression in our policy, there should be aggression in our thinking, aggression in our strategy, aggression in the deployment of security forces, aggression in operations, aggression in bringing development, aggression in road construction..."
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.
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