Intensify Anti-Maoist Operations, Shah Tells CMs at Left Extremism Meeting | Latest India News
Home Secretary Amit Shah chaired a meeting on Sunday with chief ministers and representatives of 10 states affected by left-wing extremism to discuss a roadmap for development and end the insurgency Maoist.
He called on all chief ministers and their representatives to prioritize this over the next year so that a permanent solution can be found to the problem, adding that pressure needs to be put on the Maoists, increased the speed of development activities and better coordination. between central and state agencies.
The Maoist insurgency, which claimed the lives of more than 16,000 civilians over the past 40 years, is now coming to an end, the interior minister said. This needs to be accelerated and made decisive, he said.
Problems ranging from the intensification of operations against the Maoists, to the stifling of their funding thanks to the concerted action of agencies such as the Directorate of Execution (ED), the National Investigation Agency (NIA) and state police forces, targeting front organizations and carrying out large-scale development activities, among others, were discussed during the meeting, which lasted several hours at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi.
Among the meeting participants were the Chief Ministers of Odisha (Naveen Patnaik), Bihar (Nitish Kumar), Telangana (K Chandrashekar Rao), Jharkhand (Hemant Soren), Maharashtra (Uddhav Thackeray) and Madhya Pradesh (Shivraj Singh Chouhan). Union Ministers Ashwini Vaishnaw, General (Retired) VK Singh, Giriraj Singh, Arjun Munda and Nityanand Rai, Union Interior Minister Ajay Bhalla and Intelligence Bureau Chief Arvinda Kumar also attended. in the meeting. The directors general of the NIA and the central paramilitary forces, as well as the secretaries for trade union, rural and tribal affairs were also present.
The principal gentlemen from Chhattisgarh (Bhupesh Baghel), West Bengal (Mamata Banerjee), Kerala (Pinarayi Vijayan) and Andhra Pradesh (YS Jagan Mohan Reddy) did not attend the meeting but were represented by their secretaries chief and senior police officers.
The meeting comes in the wake of the Home Ministry’s reduction in the number of districts affected by left-wing extremism.
The number of these districts fell sharply to 70 in 10 states for the first time in more than three decades, with Bihar, Odisha and Jharkhand showing the greatest improvement, HT reported last month. Only 25 districts in eight states are now classified as the most affected, while Uttar Pradesh is now Maoism-free, according to the Union Home Ministry’s revised list which was updated in July.
Incidents of Maoist violence decreased by 70% to 665 in 2020, from a high of 2,258 in 2009. Deaths from such incidents also declined by 82% 183 in 2020 from a high of 1,005 in 2010 .
Shah told the meeting that “in decades of fighting we have reached a point where the death toll is below 200 for the first time and it is a huge achievement for all of us.”
âWe all know that if we do not completely get rid of the problem of left-wing extremism, the full development of the country and the states concerned is not possible. Without eliminating it, we will neither be able to extend democracy to the bottom nor develop underdeveloped areas, âShah said. “So instead of being happy with what we’ve accomplished so far, we need to increase the speed to get what’s left.”
He urged states to hold a review meeting with police chiefs and central agencies at least every three months to deal with “moving this fight forward.”
âOver the past two years, a huge and successful effort has been made to increase the security of camps in areas where security was not tight, particularly in Chhattisgarh, as well as in Maharashtra and Odisha. If a regular review is carried out at the level of chief ministers, chief secretaries and general directors of police, then coordination problems at the lower level will automatically be resolved, âShah said.
On the Maoists’ source of income, Shah said that it is “very important to neutralize it” “by making a system together”.
He said the Center has taken several development initiatives, including approving the construction of 17,600 km of roads, of which 9,343 km have already been constructed. No less than 2,343 new telecommunications towers have been installed and 2,542 more will be installed in the next 18 months.
The authorities opened 1,789 new post offices, 1,236 bank branches, 1,077 ATMs and 14,230 correspondent banks. 3,114 additional post offices will be opened next year. All of this will help the affected districts to join the mainstream.
To provide education in these areas, Shah said special attention was paid to the opening of the Eklavya model boarding schools. A total of 234 of these schools have been sanctioned for districts affected by Maoists, of which 119 are already operational, Shah said.