CM for formation of Unified Operational Command in Naxal-affected districts

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 06 May 2017 15:13:10


Staff Reporter,

RAIPUR,

May 5,

Special stress was given towards constituting unified operational command at the district level in the districts affected with Left Wing Extremism during the State-level Unified Command meeting held at Mantralaya on Friday. In a bid to give a sharp edge to Anti-Naxal Operations, Chief Minister Raman Singh on Friday emphasised on setting up district-level unified operational command.

Chief Minister said the district level unified command should be constituted under District Superintendent of Police of respective districts and officials from central security forces engaged in anti Naxal operations in the respective districts. This would help establishing the necessary coordination between the state and central forces at the ground-level and anti Naxal operations can be carried out more effectively.

Chief Minister added that to ensure success in anti-naxal operations at the grass-root level it is necessary to constitute district-level unified command at the earliest and there should be weekly and fortnightly review meetings on issues pertaining to the operations. He also suggested establishment of joint training centres for central security forces and district forces of Chhattisgarh police, wherein, special training of 3-5 days would be provided to 50-60 troopers at one time, with an objective to set coordination between both the forces. He also suggested that the posting and presence of supervisory level officials of central forces should be ensured near the place of force deployment.

Chief Minister said both the state and central agencies are working in proper coordination on both security and development fronts in the LWE affected areas with an objective to eliminate Naxalism. He assured that both the central and state security forces are working with best coordination possible.

Chief Minister stressed upon effective area domination exercises in the LWE areas so that the sense of safety and security increases among the local populace. He also stressed upon strengthening the intelligence collection mechanism so that the movements of Maoists can be tracked. He said the primary objective of Area Domination Exercises should be to minimize Naxal incidents. The security forces should have the geographical knowledge of the place of their deployment and jurisdiction as well as knowledge about the functioning of armed Maoists and their supporters. Forces engaged in anti Naxal operations should be shown the video footage and films on Naxal operations.

Dr Singh stressed upon increasing the sense of safety, security and trust among the local populace. He said our target is to give momentum to the development works through public welfare schemes and attain positive results. He said good and positive results are coming out from skill development initiatives taken through livelihood colleges for youths in LWE affected districts. He said through education city in Sukma and Dantewada, thousands of children from these districts are provided primary to higher secondary education along with vocational training.

Prayaas Residential Schools have been opened in all divisional head-quarters for students of Class XI and Class XII from Naxal infested districts under Mukhya Mantri Bal Bhavishya Yojna, which are benefiting students and they’re getting admitted in premier institutions like IIT, NIT, etc.

Chief Minister further added that facilities like education, health, potable water supply, irrigation, telephone and mobile connectivity, roads and power are being fast expanded in LWE affected districts. Terming the recent incident in Sukma where 25 CRPF troopers were brutally killed by Maoists as unfortunate, the Chief Minister said such incidents is the outcome of Maoists’ frustration due to implementation of public welfare schemes and development works in LWE areas. He said the morale of security forces deployed in these areas is at all time high and collectively the menace will be eliminated.

Home Minister Ramsewak Paikra, Senior Security Adviser to the Ministry of Home Affairs K Vijay Kumar, Chief Secretary Vivek Dhand, Director General of Police A N Upadhyay and top officials of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Border Security Force (BSF) and other wings of security forces were present in the meeting.

It is worth mentioning here that the Central Unified Command Meeting is scheduled on May 8 at New Delhi. The meeting which will be chaired by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh will be attended by Chief Ministers and senior administrative and police officers of Naxal-hit states, to review the strategy on Anti Naxal Operations.