Rajnath Singh will chair a meeting tomorrow to review Left Wing Extremism situation

Newsroom24x7 Staff

New Delhi: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh will review the situation in Left Wing Extremism affected States tomorrow.

After the deadly ambush of a CRPF team by about 400 armed Maoists and the dastardly killing of 25 security personnel on April 24 in Sukma district of Chhatisgarh , the Government of India today said in a statement “notwitstanding a couple of incidents”, tomorrow’s meeting will focus on devising new strategies to maintain the momentum achieved in 2016. Development issues will also be discussed with a view to ensure rapid development of Left Wing Extremism affected areas.

The Chief Ministers of Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Uttar Pradesh, Telangana and West Bengal have been invited to attend the meeting.

The Union Ministers in charge of Ministries of Road Transport and Highways, Railways, Civil Aviation, Rural Development, Power, New & Renewable Energy and Telecom will also attend. A holistic review of the situation will be undertaken covering a wide canvas of security and development issues, particularly infrastructure building.

In a statement issued by the Government of India it has been stated that the Government has a multi-pronged strategy centred around issues like security, development and protection of rights and entitlements of local communities. The Centre has been providing assistance to States in terms of the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) Battalions, intelligence, training and capacity building of State Police Forces. It is also assisting the States through Schemes that support building of infrastructure, including Roads, Railways and Power.

The day-long meeting will include two sessions to discuss upon operational issues like role of States in Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) Operations, raising and employment of India Reserve (IR) Battalions and Special India Reserve Battalion (SIRB), capacity building and Intelligence issues like vacancies in State Police Forces, capacity building of State Intelligence Units, and other Ministry-wise related matters.

The meeting will also be attended by the Secretaries of the Central Ministries, Chief Secretaries and DGPs of the Left Wing Extremism affected states.

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