Orissa constitutes Unified Command to fight Maoists

In a bid to execute anti- Maoist strategies in a planned manner, Orissa government has constituted a state-level Unified Command to deal with Left Wing Extremism, officials said on Thursday.

Last Updated: Aug 05, 2010, 21:33 PM IST

Bhubaneswar: In a bid to execute anti-
Maoist strategies in a planned manner, Orissa government has
constituted a state-level Unified Command to deal with Left
Wing Extremism, officials said on Thursday.

The decision to set up the Unified Command was taken
at a recent meeting in Delhi.
The eight-member command would be headed by the chief
secretary with representatives from security organisations and
civil service.

The constitution of the Unified Command (UC) was
notified by the state home department here yesterday.

While development commissioner (DC) was taken as a
member of the UC, home department secretary would function as
member convenor.
The Director General of Police (DGP), Inspector
General (IG) of Police (operation), CRPF IG (operation),
Representatives of Intelligence Bureau and state intelligence
would also work as members of the UC.

While security and intelligence officials would plan
security operations, civil service officers would execute
socio-economic activities in Maoist-hit regions, sources said.

"With UC in place, the menace of Left Wing extremism
could be dealt in two fronts like anti-Maoist operations and
developmental activities," said a senior official in the home
department.

With Central para-military force men engaged in
anti-Maoist operations in various states, it was proposed to
utilise the service of a retired major general in each
Maoist-hit state.

The selected major general would then be included as a
member of the UC.

PTI