Jharkhand on Monday asked the Centre to waive the amount due on Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) for carrying out anti-Maoist operation besides more sharing of intelligence information among Left Wing Extremism (LWE) affected states.
Chief minister Raghubar Das made the request at the meeting between Centre and states affected by LWE in New Delhi. Chief secretary Rajbala Verma, home secretary SKG Rahate, director general of police (DGP) DN Pandey and SPs of 16 LWE affected districts were present at the meeting.
Addressing the meeting, Das said the amount demanded by the CRPF for carrying out anti-Maoist operation should be waived off keeping in view Jharkhand’s financial condition. He stressed on additional central assistance under integrated action plan (IAP), assistance in terms of security-related expenditure to press helicopter service in anti-Maoist operation and starting air surveillance in Ranchi.
Das said his government had identified 13 focus areas for Saranda, Saryu and Jhumra and requested more central assistance and concerted efforts to weed out LWE. Expressing concern over cultivation of Opium, he stressed on the need of a full-fledged wing of narcotics control bureau in the state.
He also suggested modernisation of madarsas in PLFI infested Pakur and Sahebganj districts besides an office of enforcement directorate to simplify the seizure of properties owned by LWE groups.
Detailing the challenges before Jharkhand, Das said the government had mounted pressure on splinter groups of CPI (Maoist) like TPC, JPC, PLFI and JJMP.
He said the state’s surrender policy and rewarding schemes had encouraged the extremists to surrender with arms and ammunitions. In the past two years, 81 extremists had laid down arms in the state, he said.
He claimed now Hazaribag, Bokaro, Ranchi rural, Jamshedpur and northern parts of Latehar and Garhwa districts were free from LWE, adding the state has set up 49 new police stations and upgraded 56 outposts.