Naxal menace: Centre tells states to be ready with infrastructure
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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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