Draw detailed anti-Naxal plans: MHA tells states

Home Ministry has asked Naxal-affected states to chalk out detailed programme for offensive against extremists.

Last Updated: Nov 11, 2011, 21:27 PM IST

New Delhi: Concerned over unplanned action
against Maoists, the Home Ministry has asked Naxal-affected
states to chalk out detailed programme for offensive against
extremists as well as for development.
Home Minister P Chidambaram during his recent visit to
Orissa and Jharkhand has conveyed to the two state governments
that without foolproof planning of police action and
development programmes, the menace could not be tackled
successfully, official sources said.

State governments have not been able to get desired
results in their action against the Maoists due to unplanned
offensives and lack of coordination among state police forces.

Though the state governments were conducting operations
against the Naxals and undertaking developmental works, these
have been done on piece-meal basis and not under any detailed
plan.

The problem is visible in most of the affected states
which led to the Home Minister`s visits to Orissa and
Jharkhand. He is schedule to visit Chhattisgarh and
Maharashtra on November 15 with the same purpose.

Union Home Secretary R K Singh too had undertaken a visit
to Bihar last week during which he toured several Naxal-hit
areas to have an on the spot assessment of the situation.
However, sources said, situation in Bihar is better than
other extremist affected states due to various development
initiatives taken by the state government.

Naxal violence has been reported in areas falling under
270 police stations in 64 districts in eight states.

Up to August, there have been around 850 incidents (1,025
last year), resulting in around 300 deaths (473 last year).

The Central government has shouldered its share of
responsibility in dealing with the Maoists and has deployed 71
battalions (around 71,000 personnel) of paramilitary forces.

The budget allocation under Security Related Expenditure
scheme has been increased to Rs 337 crore in 2011-12 as
against only Rs 80 crore in 2008-09.

PTI