Home Minister Rajnath Singh has reportedly pitched for an aggressive strategy to quell the Maoist rebels. Maintaining that the solution to the Naxal problem did not lie in any "silver bullet", Singh said everyone must analyse the current strategy, thinking, preparation and resources.
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh chairs a meeting with CMs of left wing extremism-hit states and other ministers in Delhi.
Pointing out highly regrettable acts of the Maoists, the Home Minister said 12,000 citizens had lost their lives in the violent activities of the left-wing extremists of whom 2,700 were jawans of the security forces while the remaining 9,300 were innocent and common people. "The LWE groups will never succeed in suppressing democracy and development in the country", Singh added.
National security adviser Ajit Doval and top security and intelligence officials from the Centre and states also took part in the meeting, which made a decision to evolve a uniform strategy to take on the Naxals.
"Today we need to consider whether to react only after the occurrence of any incident or we should be more proactive", he said.
Noting that the cancer of the left-wing extremism flourishes in poverty and backwardness, Singh said the extremists want to ensure that the people of these areas stay without electricity, road or education so that their vested interests continue unabated.
Trackers in weapons and biometrics in smart guns are some of the new technology that the security forces fighting the Naxals may adopt soon to check use oflooted arms by the guerrillas.
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"The residential camps of security forces should be well equipped with power and water facility and better connectivity", he said.
"The forces on the ground level should not lack leadership".
Mr. Singh also asked the CAPF personnel to learn and respect the local customs and traditions of tribals, wherever they are posted.
Other technologies being considered include high resolution PTZ cameras, Global Positioning System tracking, hand-held thermal imaging, radar, satellite imaging etc. The CRPF has moved its strategic command headquarters for anti-Maoist operations from Kolkata to Chhattisgarh.
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".
The day-long meeting on Monday was also attended by the Secretaries of the union ministries, besides Chief Secretaries and police chiefs, according to an official statement.
"While demands for additional deployments were also raised, some States like Bihar sought exemption from payment of the central forces. It means S-Smart leadership, A-Aggressive strategy, M-Motivation and training, A-Actionable intelligence, D-Dashboard-based KPIs (key performance indicators) and KRAs (key result areas), H-Harnessing technology, A-Action plan for each theatre, and N-No access to financing", he said.