New Delhi, May 8: Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday while chairing a Left Wing Extremism (LWE) situation review meeting gave some ‘Mantras’ to all the states and also revealed a new strategy to counter Naxalism in the country. Minister Rajnath Singh further noted that not only heavy infrastructural damages are caused by Naxalites but also said killed at least 12,000 people including 2700 security in the last two decades.
Notably, the new strategy majorly focuses on using advanced technology including drones and smart guns that feature triggers that get activated by biometrics. However, the new strategy will also focus on blocking financial funding to eradicate Naxalism and Maoism.
Rajnath Singh launched aggressive new security operations doctrine called 'SAMADHAN’ which stands for Smart leadership, Aggressive strategy, Motivation and Training, Actionable intelligence, Dashboard-based key performance indicators and key result areas, Harnessing technology, Action plan for each threat, No access to funding.
After launching a new aggressive security operations doctrine, he said, “I am confident that together, with the new strategy and full force, we will confront the Naxals and will be successful against them. I am sure that the attempts to stall development and throttle democracy at gunpoint will not be successful ever.”
Minister Rajnath further said, “Naxal problem can't be resolved through 'silver bullets' or through any shortcut, but through short-term, medium-term and long-term solutions.” “Residential camps of security forces should be well equipped with power, water facility and better connectivity. There is need to depute shadow intelligence officers to track prominent targets associated with Left Wing Extremism (LWE),” he added.
“Forces will be equipped with smart guns featuring triggers activated by biometrics. Analysis of attacks, intelligence from surrendered Naxals, inspiring leadership should be developed,” Minister Rajnath stated in the review meeting. He further noted that Chhattisgarh lags in technical intelligence inputs and we must ensure that states take the ownership of LWE operations and Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) actively cooperate with them.
Notably, in the last few years, the Ministry of Home Affairs has assisted the States through various schemes for Capacity Building. Under the SRE Scheme, reimbursement of security-related expenses, such as exgratia, transportation, training, honorarium for SPOs etc, was done by the Central Government in 106 districts of 10 States. In the financial year 2016-17, the Home Ministry has reimbursed Rs 210 crore.
Meanwhile, under the Special Infrastructure Scheme, 122.13 crores was given to strengthen the special forces of 6 States. Apart from this, a sum of 24 crores was provided for setting up 16 CIAT schools in 6 States. More than 4000 police personnel are being trained every year by Army and Greyhounds.
Similarly, under the Fortified Police Station Scheme, the Central Government has made available Rs. 624 crores to the States for the construction of 400 Fortified Police Stations in 10 States.
LWE Affected States have been sanctioned 56 IRB and 10 SIRB. States have been given these sanctions to increase their force resources. The SIRB is a major step towards providing security for the State's infrastructure projects, especially in these sensitive areas. But now 20 IR Battalion and 06 SIRB are yet to be raised with both the security and engineering components. In addition, engineering components of 02 SIRBs are pending.
The Home Ministry has also provided support to security forces for other facilities such as Helicopters, UAVs etc. From time to time, the amount required for the CRPF is being provided by the GOI for the basic facilities, due to lack of resources of the State Governments.
Importantly, the LWE review meeting, which comes a fortnight after the deadliest Naxal attack on the CRPF in years, was attended by several chief ministers including Yogi Adityanath (Uttar Pradesh), Naveen Patnaik (Odisha), Raman Singh (Chhattisgarh), Devendra Fadnavis (Maharashtra), Nitish Kumar (Bihar) and Raghubar Das (Jharkhand). Interestingly, Mamata Banerjee (West Bengal), Chandrababu Naidu (Andhra Pradesh) and Kalvakuntla Chandrashekhar Rao (Telangana) were absent.