Addressing the Consultative Committee of Members of Parliament attached to the Ministry of Home Affairs here yesterday to discuss the State of Naxalite problem, Shinde stated that the Government has taken a number of steps to improve the capacity building of the State Police Forces through various schemes such as Security Related Expenditure (SRE), Special Infrastructure Scheme (SIS), the Fortified Police Station Scheme, Civic Action Programme, setting up of Counter Insurgency and Anti Terrorism Schools (CIAT) and raising India Reserve Battalions (IRBs).
He also informed that the Planning Commission is implementing the Integrated Action Plan (IAP) since 2010 for creation of public infrastructure and services in 82 districts of the country, the majority of which are affected with LWE problem.
Shinde told the members that there had been constant endeavour of the Government to bring all the State Governments to the level of good performing states so that there is a uniform, well coordinated and synergized response to this problem.
He informed that the CPI (Maoist) still has the capacity to launch spectacular strikes in its stronghold areas, especially against soft targets.
Shinde further said that the security agencies have a lot of ground to cover in neutralizing the armed capability of the CPI (Maoist). The role of the Central Armed Police Forces is of great importance in this regard since 90 Battalions have been deployed for Anti Naxal Operations.
The members discussed the Maoist ideology of armed struggle and militarization, Violence Profile, Government Policy and approach to deal with Naxalism, monitoring mechanism, security and development related measures taken by the Central Government.
Mullappally Ramachandran and R.P.N.Singh, Ministers of State for Home Affairs, H. K. Dua and Dr. Ashok Shekhar Ganguly from Rajya Sabha, M. V. Reddy and K.Sudhakaran from Lok Sabha, senior Officers from the Ministry of Home Affairs and Central Armed Police Forces attended the meeting.
--ANI (Posted on 19-10-2013)