Centre committed to eradicate Left Wing Extremism

  • HM Rajnath Singh talks of Multi-pronged strategy in LWE areas

  • Stick & carrot policy to be adopted

  • No effort would be spared to end the menace to internal security

  • Consultative Committee briefed on the measures

(Kasipathy)

New Delhi, November 12: The Union Government is committed to eradicate the Left Wing Extremism from the country and is planning to implement multi-pronged strategy in all LWE areas. A meeting of the Consultative Committee on Home Affairs was held in Delhi presided over by Home Minister Rajnath Singh. MPs like Sharad Pawar, Jyothiraditya Scindia, Devender Goud and a few others took part.

The Home Minister also made a power-point presentation on the LWE menace and the government’s strategy for eradication. While addressing the committee members Rajnath Singh said that the government will commit all resources at its disposal to eradicate the Left Wing Extremism (LWE) from the country. He also said that the security establishment is encouraged since the LWE insurgency is on the decline and this should not lull us into a sense of complacency.

He also mentioned that LWE still remains the biggest threat to our internal security and nation building process and thus the LWE has remained on top of the agenda for interventions by the government.  The Centre has adopted a four-pronged strategy with the LWE affected states to tackle the Maoist threat comprising security related interventions, development, securing rights and entitlements to the largely tribal population and public perception management.

In the meanwhile, the MHA has taken a number of steps to improve the capability of Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) and State Police Forces including the raising of the India Reserve Battalions (IRBs). The Home Minister mentioned that over a hundred battalions of CAPFs and 10 CoBRA (Commando Battalions for Resolute Action) battalions have been deployed for anti-LWE operations.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh has also explained the constitution of the monitoring mechanism, security related measures such as modernization of state police forces, security related expenditure, construction of 400 fortified police stations, setting up of 21 counter-insurgency and anti-terrorist (CIAT) schools, recruitment in CAPFs, creation of unified commands in states and an effective media plan.

In a bid to prevent the tribal people from being attracted the Maoist Party, the government is concentrating on effective implementation of Integrated Action Plan (IAP) in 88 LWE affected districts apart from Additional Central Assistance to LWE Affected Districts. The road construction to the tune of nearly 5,500 kms in 34 severely LWE affected districts, handing over the land title deeds to 12 lakh tribal families and other traditional forest dwellers are some of the measures taking by union government with the partnership of various state governments.

Few members discussed various aspects of Left Wing Extremism like lack of coordination between central and state security forces and lack of communication in the affected states. The issues of corruption, atrocities on tribal women and the status of the constitution of National Tribal Welfare Council were also discussed in this meeting.

Home Minister also informed the members that the government for its commitment for ‘jal, jameen and jungle’ rights of the tribals and necessary consultations with the concerned ministries are being carried out.

Regarding few issues Rajnath Singh informed that a historic decision has been taken recently to enhance the financial powers of the Directors General of CAPFs.

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