Naxals: Rajnath Singh asks states to act, Nitish Kumar says don’t pass buck

The meeting to review the anti-Maoist doctrine comes a fortnight after 25 CRPF personnel were killed in a Maoist attack in Sukma district of Chhattisgarh.

Written by Rahul Tripathi | New Delhi | Updated: May 9, 2017 7:55 am
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EVEN AS Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday called for an aggressive strategy to tackle Maoist violence and directed Maoist-hit states to “take ownership” of operations, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar countered that the Centre cannot just play a “reviewing role” and “throw the ball in the court of states”.

“We have to bring aggression in our policy, there should be aggression in our thinking, aggression in our strategy, aggression in the deployment of security forces, aggression in operations, aggression in bringing development, aggression in road construction… We will have to be cautious that extremely defensive deployment may result in reduction of operational offensive,” said Singh, addressing a conclave of chief ministers and top officers of 10 Maoist-hit states.

The meeting to review the anti-Maoist doctrine comes a fortnight after 25 CRPF personnel were killed in a Maoist attack in Sukma district of Chhattisgarh. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao and Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivaj Singh Chouhan did not attend the meeting and were represented by their home ministers or senior officials.

“We have to ensure that the states take ownership in the anti-Naxal operations where Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) will cooperate fully,” said Singh. He stressed on “unity of purpose” and spoke of a unified coordination and command to counter Left Wing Extremism (LWE). He said that along with strategic command, a unified command is required at the operational and tactical level.

As many as 12,000 people lost their lives in Maoist violence over the last two decades. Of these, 2,700 were security personnel and 9,300 were innocent people, he said.

“There is a need to find a solution to this problem and the strategy is available and encompassed in the word ‘samadhan’… S for smart leadership, A for aggressive strategy, M for motivation and training, A for actionable intelligence, D for dashboard based KPIs (key performance indicators) and KRAs (key result areas), H for harnessing technology, A for action plan for each threat, N for no access to financing,” said Singh.

In his speech, Nitish said that in a “federal structure, Centre cannot relegate itself to a mere reviewing role by throwing the ball in the court of states for taking effective action to neutralise this threat of Left Wing Extremism which has emerged as a challenge to internal security.”

While he suggested several steps to combat Maoist violence, he added that “if effective steps are to be taken, then mere discussion with state governments will not suffice… the Centre will also need to take concrete steps.”

On blocking Maoists’ access to funds, Nitish said the Bihar government had submitted a proposal to the Centre stating that the power to confiscate property worth up to Rs 5 crore should be extended to an officer of the rank of Inspector General of Police in states also. At present, only the Enforcement Directorate (ED) has such powers under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).

Nitish also emphasised the need to continue financial grants for the schemes initiated earlier — like the Special Infrastructure Scheme, Integrated Action Plan (IAP), Security Related Expenditure and Modernisation of Police Fund among others.

“In case the Centre decides to discontinue them or reduce grants, that will have a detrimental effect in the fight against LWE. Similarly, imposing the states with 100 per cent financial burden for deployment of central security forces is also devoid of logic. The ultimate objective cannot be achieved if the needs of states are not adequately addressed. Fight against Left Wing Extremism is a joint responsibility of the Centre and State. Therefore the financial burden should also be shared by both,” he said.

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik demanded more CAPF battalions and inclusion of three districts — Angul, Boudh and Sonepur — in the list of Maoist-affected districts, and Kalahandi in the category of worst-affected district. “I urged upon the Home Minister to provide two more battalions of CAPF to Odisha immediately to undertake effective counter measures against extremism and include the newly-affected districts of central parts of Odisha under Security Related Expenditure (SRE) scheme, and installation of 518 mobile towers in the Naxal-hit districts,” he said after the meeting.

Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi said almost all the states demanded that the Centre-sponsored security-related schemes should continue. “While demands for additional deployments were also raised, some states like Bihar sought exemption from payment for central forces,” Mehrishi said.

The states also raised related issues like helicopter support for operations and use of modern technology by the state police and the CAPF.

 

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    S.Nagaraja Rao
    May 9, 2017 at 8:32 pm
    Much has been said & done earlier also. Fianlly the buck is passed to state govts., only to face the situation.Nitish Kumar is right in this regard. Why not the centre form a Grey Hounds unit by taking all the officers who were in such force / places worked earlier to deal with the Naxals, by taking them on de ion.Coombing operations should be launched simulataneously by the sorrounding states & the concerned state same time.Other wise they may run away to neighbouring state&exercise becomes futile. Take all actionable intelligence, Technical gadets help including UAVs to avoid ambush.
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      Madhukar Nikam
      May 9, 2017 at 4:58 pm
      Nitish kumar's strange logic...he seems to forget live bombs being thrown at BJP rally in i maidan...under his patronage , he wants funds and no responsibility
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        Abhishek Singh
        May 9, 2017 at 2:05 pm
        This Central government just doesnot have any strategy for any strategy for any of the issues of the country except for COW. See the naxal policy demands a strong internal security policy which i am sure we don't have and neither this Home minister even understand what is required to be done. Secondly the policy of not taking to naxals is absurd as the poorest of poor of people totally cornered by the state are up in the arms against the establishment and only arm struggle with them will have no solution, but will only cost the lives of our beloved soldiers who are mostly jawans and also belong to the poorest of the families in the nation Naxal problem is not the law and order issue alone but also requires in depth analysis of social alienation as well
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          Paddy Singh
          May 9, 2017 at 1:01 pm
          CMs of States have nothing to do. The people who do are the DG downwards to the lowest rank. Do we have the mentality of the British SAS or US Delta Force? The Maoists do. Our poor guys go for a year's training, which I have seen, many have paid for the jobs, some have got in because of Godfathers while the rest have got in on merit. The standard procedure here is the same for training without realising that psychologically a different breed of men are needed for such operations. Here the main attributes are motivation, stealth, endurance and patience with a will to complete the job. Only a trained psychologist can spot such people for recruitment. Till then what a waste of innocent lives
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            Mathura
            May 9, 2017 at 12:18 pm
            Only HM and PM has the exclusive right to p on the buck. We did it successfully when not in power and are doing it successfully after gaining power using the same means.
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              Hitender Jha
              May 9, 2017 at 12:11 pm
              Nitish ji, Naxals are product of local mis-governance. Local politicians have protected them. So please dont dump it on center. And if you cannot handle it, please allow Bihar, Bengal and AP to become union territory. We will mange the provinces through Governer. In any case for every pity things you are knocking doors at delhi.
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                Raman Govindan
                May 9, 2017 at 11:45 am
                if it does not fetch votes, do not do it! BJP's present mantra!
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                  mumbai
                  May 9, 2017 at 11:35 am
                  Rajnath you understood that you can not handle it. you can only p on comments on the talanted Manmohansigh ji.
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                    RR
                    May 9, 2017 at 11:33 am
                    Nitish Kumar is incompetent person. His govt at Bihar is doing nothing, just wants to eat fund from center and expects his jobs done by center. In fact, most of the state governments are nothing but officially recognized handover to corrupt groups under political process, which just sit for 5 years, eat the state and public money and do nothing. India needs to seriously think about s ping state government. Barring a few states, it is burden on public, most of its departments are sluggish, excessively corrupt and incompetent and roadblock to any good thing. S embly elections and state government. In LS election itself select the state running machinery from the winning party for the given state and monitor their performance, so that state govt good be s ped anytime if not performing.
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                      Hitender Jha
                      May 9, 2017 at 12:17 pm
                      Fully agree. These state governments are overhead on tax payers plus they do not allow unification of bharat. Bihar and Bengal provinces must be governed through center. These provinces are most natural resource rich yet these poloticians turned these provinces into most poor state. Intellectual cl from these provinces are forced to relocate as gunda raaj is cultivated by state politicians.
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                        Neha
                        May 9, 2017 at 12:23 pm
                        dekho troll aa a
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                      mumbai
                      May 9, 2017 at 11:26 am
                      rajnath please be sensible. when you send bangles to manmohan what was your intention?
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                        The Observer
                        May 9, 2017 at 10:37 am
                        The HM is not known for his Admn skill or IQ. He should be made governor of some remote State where he can cool his heels. The BSF, CRPF under his Ministry have been useless and the internal security is a joke.
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                          Neha
                          May 9, 2017 at 10:11 am
                          intelligent rajnath says dont p the buck and then passes it on to the states. they claim it is a national problem then centre has the cons utional responsibility of dea with it. He says aggression 10 times and some how that is strategy, m oron does not get it that it failed always
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                            Dilip
                            May 9, 2017 at 9:43 am
                            It seems State Government and Central Government still not taking the issue seriously. That's why they are thinking simply increasing the CRPF force this matter can be solved.We must understand this is a war and war within the country.We must know who are the players directly and indirectly,what is their interest and how thy are achieving it,who are supporting them and why they are supporting them.To know all this We must raise special dedicated secret forces who may be posted post office as post man ,primary school teacher health centre staff and similar post which comes to contact and serve the common people every day.The secret forces must be equipped with modern gadgets and technology.This can not be done by state Government alone Central Government also to help with all resources.
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                              ah
                              May 9, 2017 at 9:31 am
                              All those who are commenting BELOW should read the article two days back about HOW a Tribal girl accused of being NAxal was tortured by giving electric shock in private parts after undressing her in front of males ................... is this is ONE reported incident it means there are hundreds i f not thousands such incidents taking place ..................... EVEN if she is HARD CORE naxal she could not be TREATED that way BY CIVILIZED HINDU GOVT .................
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                                ah
                                May 9, 2017 at 9:26 am
                                Instead of going for GODSE strategy how about trying to find the roots of the cause???? ........ Even upper castes who are THE MOST well of have resorted to Rapes and Violence for simple issue like RESERVATION ................. so WHY have these INDIANS and mainly tribal are kil INDIANS??? and why is INDIAN govt. kil them instead of having dialogue??? accept their LEGITIMATE demand and integrate them in main stream ............. if you think you can exploit their Lands for Mining and their Jungles for Trees and their Rivers for Sands and their homeland WITHOUT giving any CARE about what happens to their way of life there is going to be TROUBLE .....
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                                  Apte
                                  May 9, 2017 at 9:23 am
                                  1. If 12,000 people have lost lives due to Maoists’ violence, we must do a SWOT analysis of anti-Maoists operations. Confrontational at ude on the part of State governments does not help when we have to deal with the Maoists’/ Naxals’ threats. 2. I believe that the Union Home ministry must do what is known as SWOT analysis of the Central and the states’ anti-Maoists operations. 3. Question that is often asked is this: Is there proper coordination between the agencies of the Central and State governments which are engaged in anti-Maoist operations? Answer is no, as revealed in this news report. With better coordination, it would be possible to deal with the Maoists’ threats in an effective way. 3. We must address issue of exploitation of tribal people in areas of Maoists’/Naxals’ influence. We must also deal firmly with those individuals and groups of individuals who provide monetary support and arms to the Maoists/Naxals so that supply lines of the Maoists are effectively cut.
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                                    Hitender Jha
                                    May 9, 2017 at 12:28 pm
                                    They know the perfect way of doing these things but they will not as they want problems to exist. It helps them to divert people from core issues and continue their rule. If they really want to solve naxal issue, local police is sufficient. They have all intelligence and knowledge of hide outs. Over years these politicians have created naxals. They way they ill-treat human, anyone will resort to guns.
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                                    Subspan Raman
                                    May 9, 2017 at 9:12 am
                                    some state governments have been secretly supporting Naxalites, allowing them to freely move within the state and collect "funds". Some have been paying them so that they will not be attacked.
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                                      Sam Jet
                                      May 9, 2017 at 9:02 am
                                      Education and Employment in this areas need to be checked? These are our own brothers who have gone astray. We need to bring them into the mainstream. Feel these districts are neglected in terms of Education, health, Infra. CM's of these states, aren't they responsible?
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                                        l s
                                        May 9, 2017 at 8:42 am
                                        Even in our nations security matters, there is a lot of dis-unity amongst our politicians. This is even in border clashes. Plain selfishness and no patriotism. Shame on our politicians.
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                                          Gomathi Raghavan
                                          May 9, 2017 at 8:05 am
                                          India has witnessed most inept handing of issues concerning security of India. this is because it is proxy rule @centre that sa uards interests of fizziparous elements. sancaracharya swaroopanandji has warned that militancy has support of rule @ centre. instead of collecting intricate details about staunch BRAHMIN staunch RSS individuals it would be in the interest of country if militants are pursued rule @ centre is directionless. continuance of central rule is untenable. earlier general election is the only remedy
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                                            renan
                                            May 9, 2017 at 8:26 am
                                            gomathi raghavan with pigs like you living in india no terrorism issue can ever be solved.The only way terrorism can be solved is by making s like you flush in toilets and removing you from india.Once s like you gets flushed out of india then idnai can progress real fast you son of a b astard
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                                              Modi
                                              May 9, 2017 at 9:20 am
                                              Renan ki baap ki c h u t
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                                            Manas Sarkar
                                            May 9, 2017 at 7:19 am
                                            Actually Police several times helps Naksals, so state should be responsible to finish this menace. If Central needs to take responsible then police of that area must works under central.
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