`Situation not arisen for anti-Maoist ops by Army`

An Army commander said a situation has not arisen for troops to be deployed for anti-Maoist operations but they are ready for any operations if required.

Lucknow: An Army commander on Wednesday said a situation has not arisen for troops to be deployed for anti-Maoist operations but they are ready for any operations if required.

"As far as I am concerned or the understanding of the army vision is concerned, the (army) chief`s point of view is very very clear that the situation hasn`t risen for the deployment of the Army," General Officer Commanding-in-Chief Central Command Lt Gen Anil Chait said.

Responding to queries from reporters here, Gen Chait said at the moment dealing with naxalism was the task of the Ministry of Home Affairs charter.

"If the situation so arises in due course of time we can definitely..If the nation want us to go we will go..But the nation has to take the call whether it wants the military to go or not," he said when asked if there was possibility of the Army playing an active role in dealing with the Naxal problem.

"As far as the military is concerned the areas where it is present it is only doing training, through which the force is trying to build a social net programme so that people who have been alienated come back into mainstream," he said.

On Naxalism and Chinese activity on the border, Gen Chait said it was a very relevant challenge with a huge bearing and impact in due course of time.

"The Prime Minister himself has said that naxalism is the biggest challenge and I am only repeating his statement. As far as China is concerned it`s competitive, therefore, we have to prepare for both the roles," he said.

The GOC-in-C said he wanted to assure the people that the Indian Army was fully committed to the security of the nation, fully cognisant of its responsibilities and is shaping itself to meet any future challenges that are posed towards the defence and security of the nation.

On the Tatra truck controversy, he refused to comment stating that he did not have full information.

"As far as usage of the equipment is concerned it has been satisfactory," he said.
Gen Chait also said the Army has approached the state administration to set up a Rashtriya Military School in UP and it will move ahead as soon as land is given.

PTI

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