CHIEF MINISTER Shivraj Singh Chouhan feels that a ‘surgical strike’ with the help of the Indian Air Force, constitution of an inter-state force and a special centre in Nagpur for this purpose, would go a long way in combating the menace of Naxalism.
He also said the State needed two additional reserved battalions and placing of Sidhi district under the security-related expenditure scheme (SRE) to combat the menace of Naxalism.
The CM said this at the specially convened meeting held by the Prime Minister at his residence Tuesday morning to discuss Naxalite-related problems in the affected states.
The CM revealed at the meeting that four districts of the State, namely Balaghat, Mandla, Dindori and Sidhi, were affected by the menace. Balaghat was the most acutely affected, as it was close to Maharashtra as well as Chhattisgarh. In Anuppur, Shahdol and Umaria too the Naxalites had become active, he added.
He said the proposals for setting up reserved battalions for Balaghat and Sidhi and incorporating Sidhi district in the security-related expenditure scheme had already been sent to the Centre. He demanded that the amount sanctioned under the National Backward District Initiative should be raised three times from the present sum of Rs 45 crore, and laws made more stringent while dealing with Naxalites.
He stated that Naxalites were taking advantage of the loopholes in the constitution. Talking about the other aspects of Naxalism the CM said this would have to be tackled on an ideological level and at the same time the states’ developmental aspirations would also have to be taken care of.
The CM referred to the nexus between drug traffickers and the crime world and said that this was on the rise in the Malwa region. Those involved in drug trafficking were also involved in terrorism and other anti-national activities, he claimed. Chief Secretary Rakesh Sahni was also present at this meeting, says an official release.