Coordination Centre meet on naxalism on July 21
The various strategies formulated by both Centre and the states to deal with the menace will come up for review.india Updated: Jul 08, 2006 00:16 IST
The next meeting of the Coordination Centre on Naxal violence will be held in Bhubaneshwar later this month where the various strategies formulated by both Centre and the states to deal with the menace will come up for review.
The meeting, to be chaired by Home Secretary VK Duggal, will be held on July 21 and will be attended among others by senior officials from six severely naxalite-hit states, Home Ministry sources today said.
The problem of ultra-left violence is severe in six states and since Orissa is one of them, the quarterly review meeting will be held this time in Bhubaneshwar, sources said.
Keeping in view the overall dimensions of naxalite activities, a high-level Coordination Centre, headed by the Union Home Secretary, was set up in 1998 to coordinate with naxal-hit states steps taken to control naxalite activities.
The Government has declared a multi-pronged strategy to deal with the naxal menace and has adopted a proposal for employing retired Army officers to train state police forces in mine clearance operations in affected states.
Naxalite-affected states include Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Orissa, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Uttaranchal and Uttar Pradesh.
The Centre also feels that political parties must strengthen their cadre base in naxal-affected areas to wean away the youth from the ideology of the ultras and has ruled out any dialogue unless the militant groups agreed to give up violence.