`IG level officers in Naxal-hit areas can seek BSF choppers`

To minimise reaction time of anti-Naxal operations, the government has authorised a special group of officers posted in such terrains to requisition BSF helicopters rather than route the request through state police.

Updated: Jul 30, 2010, 18:00 PM IST

New Delhi: To minimise reaction time of
anti-Naxal operations, the government has authorised a special
group of officers posted in such terrains to requisition BSF
helicopters rather than route the request through state
police.
"The powers for requisition of BSF helicopters have been
delegated to the IG (Ops) CRPF of the state concerned," Home
Minister P Chidambaram today said at his monthly press
briefings.

The move is set to bolster the campaign against the
Maoists as, till now, the state police could ask for the
helicopters after consultation with CRPF Special Director
General and commander of anti-Naxal operations .

The recently appointed CRPF Inspector General level
officers are deployed in Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Orissa and
West Bengal, where a new Unified Command will also be set up.
The Union Home Ministry meanwhile has sanctioned Rs 45
lakh for procurement of 30 satellite phones for the Border
Security Force.

Satellite phones are crucial for security forces as at
times they operate in thick jungles and forward areas where
normal mobile connections don`t work.

The Ministry has also sanctioned Rs 25 crore for the
purchase of 10 All-Purpose/Special Purpose Vehicles.

Procurement of 216 vehicles for CRPF at a cost of Rs
16.77 crore and 224 vehicles for Special Action Force at a
cost of Rs 18.08 crore has also been sanctioned.

PTI