Rajnath Calls for 'Unity of Purpose' to Tackle Naxals

Posted May 09, 2017

He stressed on "unity of purpose" and spoke of a unified coordination and command to counter Left Wing Extremism (LWE).

On top of the agenda will be the issue of re-calibrating the anti-Naxal strategy to make it more effective, and to minimise casualties, the official said.

The Naxal problem can not be resolved through "silver bullets" or any shortcut but through short-term, medium-term and long-term solutions, said Mr Singh, who is chairing the meeting.

"We must focus on the concept of "Samadhan" - which means S-Smart Leadership, A-Aggressive Strategy, M-Motivation and Training, A-Actionable Intelligence, D-Dashboard Based KPIs (Key Performance Indicators) and KRAs (Key Result Areas), H-Harnessing Technology, A-Action Plan for Each Theatre, N-No Access to Financing", the home minister said.

Speaking to the press after the day-long meeting, Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi said nearly all the States had demanded the continuation or revival of centrally sponsored security related schemes. "LWE groups are trying to weaken democracy in the country".

National security adviser Ajit Doval and top security and intelligence officials from the Centre and states also took part in the meeting, which chose to evolve a uniform strategy to take on the Naxals.

"Today, we need to consider whether to react only after the occurrence of such events?" Stating that the "whole country is agitated" post-Sukma attack, Singh said that he was "concerned but not perturbed" by this attack.

In addition, the home minister said, unique identification numbers should also be used in gelatin and other explosive materials. The camps of the CRPF or Central Reserve Police Force should be adequately equipped with power and water and connectivity.

Mr. Singh also asked the CAPF personnel to learn and respect the local customs and traditions of tribals, wherever they are posted.

"We need to use high resolution cameras, Global Positioning System, thermal imaging, radar and satellite images".

"Left Wing Extremism is one of the most critical internal security challenges faced by the nation in present times and the recent incident of attack on the security forces in Sukma area of Chhattisgarh is highly disconcerting. We should have aggression in our thoughts, development, security, infrastructure development", he said, while talking to the media. To this end, he said a strategic and unified command should be formed - as a first step to which, the command headquarters of the CRPF has been shifted from Kolkata to Chhattisgarh's Raipur.

It said issues like role of states in assisting paramilitary forces in their operations, raising and employment of India Reserve Battalions and Special India Reserve Battalion were expected to be part of the discussion. Andhra Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh were represented by ministers and West Bengal and Telangana by their chief secretary and DGP.