Need aggressive strategy to combat Naxalism: CM

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 09 May 2017 10:01:04

■ Delhi Bureau NEW DELHI, 

MAHARASHTRA Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has said an aggressive strategy needs to be developed to combat Naxalismin the State. Speaking while participating a review meeting on Left Wing Extremism (LWE) under the Chairmanship of Home Minister Rajnath Singh at Vigyan Bhavan in New Delhi on Monday, Fadnavis said use of communication technology and 360 degree connectivity is of paramount importance in this regard, further adding al lregulators are with Central Government and they need to give focused approach towards cutting edge technology atright time, Fadnavis he added.

Earlier, while speaking at the meeting, the Chief Minister requested to the Centre to release the projected funds under SRE and also asked for reimbursement of expenditure of Rs.45 crore incurred by State Government for the financial year 2016-17.

He also demanded provision of budget for the financial year 2017- 18 so that resources crunch does not become an impediment in the fight against Naxals. While listing steps taken for managing security at the mining site in the State, Fadnavis demanded that at least two battalions of CAPF should be provided to look after site andtransport corridor security for a two year period from September 2017 onwards.

Mentioning that in order to overcome shortage of Mine protected vehicles, as many as 39 such vehicles have been approved for Naxa laffected areas while the Police Force has been provided with sufficient arms and ammunition,Fadnavis told that in addition, 10 Police Station have been constructed in Naxal affected area and in Phase 2 there is proposal for creation and fortification of 35 police post in these areas.

Fadnavis also asked for permission to meet the hiring charges of helicopter under SRE budgetary provision and Night landing and flying for injured jawans.

Stating that propaganda fights by Naxal organisations are not in Gadchiroli or Sukma but in the Universities of Delhi, Pune or Patna, he said a strategy is needed to tackle this on priority basis.