The Central Reserve Police Force’s (CRPF) demand for a night-landing facility at Jagdalpur helipad, which has been pending for the past two years, will finally get clearance in the wake of the recent Sukma encounter in Chhattisgarh in which 13 personnel were killed in an encounter with Maoists.
To boost the morale of the forces, a committee will also look into the demands for easy promotion of CRPF personnel posted in Naxal areas and employment opportunities for children of martyred jawans. The committee has been asked to submit its report by December 15 on the directions of Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh.
The Ministry of Home Affairs has, for the first time, constituted a committee headed by former CRPF DG and senior security advisor (Left Wing Extremism) K Vijay Kumar to look into the requirements of jawans deployed in dense jungles in a time-bound manner. The committee will consider CRPF’s demand to not only equip Jagdalpur helipad with night-landing facilities but also extend such provisions to four other key locations — Dantewada, Sukma, Narayanpur and Bijapur — to improve rescue operations after dark.
The CRPF has also written to MHA to enhance the ex-gratia payment to the family of those killed in encounters from Rs 15 lakh to Rs 50 lakh.
Singh, who held a meeting with senior officers of Chhattisgarh administration wherein CM Raman Singh was also present, reportedly pulled up the state government over the lack of participation by local police in such operations.