Declare 5 more districts Naxal-affected: MP Home Minister

Madhya Pradesh Government has demanded that the Centre should declare five more districts of the state as Naxal-affected in view of increased Maoist activities witnessed in these areas.

Last Updated: Nov 07, 2010, 10:17 AM IST

Bhopal: Madhya Pradesh Government has demanded that the Centre should declare five more districts of the state as Naxal-affected in view of increased Maoist
activities witnessed in these areas.

"At present Balaghat, Mandla and Dindori are treated as Naxal-affected districts by the Centre. But in view of recent Naxal activities noticed in various other districts of the
state, we have demanded that the Centre declare Sidhi, Singrauli, Shahdol, Umaria and Anuppur too as Naxal-affected," Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Uma Shankar
Gupta told a news agency today.

He said he recently raised the issue of Naxal movement being noticed in these districts in the Zonal Council meeting in New Delhi. However, he said that the Centre has not yet
accepted the demand.

Referring to the shortage of police force in Madhya Pradesh, he said that the state has decided to raise a batallion of ex-servicemen which will start functioning from next year. "Ex-servicemen below 45 years of age are being recruited on contract basis in the state to deal with the problem of shortage of police force," he said.

They would be given 20-25 days of basic training before their deployment in different areas of the state, the minister said adding new recruits require one to one-and-a-half years of training while experienced ones can be posted after a short span of time.

The strength of the battalion will be 1,000 and they will be deployed in different districts of the state. If the experiment becomes successful, then the contract period will
be extended further, Gupta said.

He said during the BJP rule, 7000 police personnel have so far been recruited in the state and in the next three years 6,255 more policemen of different ranks will be employed.

On the issue of modernisation of police force in MP, he said all the police stations are not only equipped with the latest computers, but a separate cadre of computer-trained
police force is also being created for deployment in police stations.

These personnel will not be posted in any other department of police and will continue in the same cadre, the minister said adding at present many police stations have computers with them, but there is hardly any trained policemen available in these places to operate them.

He also informed that in police stations especially in remote areas which are reeling under severe power crisis, solar panels will be installed. It will mitigate the problems
of the people to a large extent.

The strength of the battalion will be 1,000 and they will be deployed in different districts of the state. If the experiment becomes successful, then the contract period will be extended further, Gupta said.

He said during the BJP rule, 7000 police personnels have so far been recruited in the state and in the next three years 6,255 more policemen of different ranks will be employed.

On the issue of modernisation of police force in MP, he said all the police stations are not only equipped with the latest computers, but a separate cadre of computer-trained police force is also being created for deployment in police stations.

These personnel will not be posted in any other department of police and will continue in the same cadre, the minister said adding at present many police stations have computers with them, but there is hardly any trained policemen available in these places to operate them.

He also informed that police stations specially in remote areas which are reeling under severe power crisis, solar panels will be installed to ensure availability of power for running these gadgets. It will mitigate the problems of the people to a large extent.

For providing proper infrastructure at the police stations, the government has decided to provide Rs 20,000 each to nearly 1000 police stations in the state. During first year 500 police stations are covered under the scheme while the remaining ones will be provided funds next year.

On the issue of recent increase in incidents of loot, especially the gold heist at two places in Bhopal, he said during investigations it appeared that these institutions are lax towards adopting adequate security measures merely on the ground that their entire valuables were insured.

The minister said the police will mention this fact in its report to the insurance companies on the issue so that corrective measures can be taken in the matter.

PTI