Naxal menace: Centre tells states to be ready with infrastructure

Last Updated: Thursday, September 17, 2009 - 20:04

New Delhi: The Centre has directed Naxal-hit
states to get ready with infrastructure and logistics for an
all out battle against the Maoists which may take years.

During the just-concluded conference of Directors General
and Inspectors General of police, Home Minister P Chidambaram
and Home Secretary G K Pillai told the top police brass of the
20 Naxal-hit states to identify places where infrastructure
and logistics could be provided before launching a
full-fledged operation against Maoists.
"They have to identify the places where police stations
could be set up, temporary pre-fabricated barracks could be
installed, toilets could be constructed and essential
commodities could be stored," a Home Ministry official said.

The Centre does not want to take any chance while going in
for the offensive against the Maoists "which could even take
two years".

The Home Ministry wants that once an area is made free of
Maoists occupation, development initiatives should be carried
out immediately so that the Naxals cannot gain its hold there
again.

"After the operation is over in a particular area, PWD
people should go for constructing roads, opening schools and
making health centres operational. Else all efforts would go
in vain," the official said.
Home Minister Chidambaram has said Naxalism has spread
to 20 states across the country with over 2,000 police station
areas in 223 districts partially or substantially affected.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has described Left wing
extremism as the gravest internal security threat and called
for a nuanced strategy to tackle the problem.

Yesterday, Home Secretary Pillai told the first meeting of
Parliament`s Standing Committee on Home Affairs that Left Wing
extremists are calling the shots in 40,000 sq kilometre area
in Naxal affected states where the government has no control.

He has said the problem of Maoists was growing rapidly and
needed urgent action.

Bureau Report



First Published: Thursday, September 17, 2009 - 20:04

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