Claiming that Naxals were on the job for 24 hours while security forces worked for only eight, a member of the National Advisory Council has told Prime Minister Manmohan Singh that the government was losing the war against Maoists.
"We are losing the war against Naxals. They are working for 24 hours and our security forces work for only eight hours. We need to realise the strength of the enemy and evolve our strategy," National Advisory Council member Ramdayal Munda told the Prime Minister during the first meeting of the high-profile body last week.
Munda said the government should define its strategy to fight "people who denounce Parliament democracy" after analysing their "strength and intensity."
He said Singh's response was "positive and prompt."
"We need to realise the intensity and strength of the enemies. If we need to fight the elements who are denouncing the Parliamentary democracy, then we need to have the same intensity, planning and sincerity," he said on the sidelines of a function here.
He also made some critical remarks on the deployment of forces in Naxal-infested areas and said the government should deploy "trained officers who are sitting in government offices" in the battleground instead of new recruits.
The former Vice-Chancellor of Ranchi University said the NAC should concentrate of Food Security to the people and should also bridge the gap between devising and implementing policies.
"Reminders should go from the NAC to policy makers and should suggest good ideas for the government. Good advices always lead to policy formation," he suggested.
He said tribals should have the right for food, which will empower them.
"Improve the public distribution system. The tribals have land and other things. Help them get food, roads and basic necessities. They will take care of the rest," he said, addressing the function to release the "Rejoinder to Government's Report to the People" prepared by an NGO 'Wada Na Todo Abhiyan'.