Rajnath Singh calls for 'SAMADHAN' strategy to battle naxalism

Rajnath Singh

"Unity of goal and unity of action are essential for the success of operations", he said at the meeting that was skipped by the Chief Ministers of West Bengal (Mamata Banerjee), Andhra Pradesh (N Chandrababu Naidu), Telangana (K Chandrasekhara Rao) and Madhya Pradesh (Shivraj Singh Chouhan).

He also told reporters: "The whole country is agitated over the martyrdom of 25 CRPF [Central Reserve Police Force] personnel in Sukma".

"Today we need to consider whether to react only after the occurrence of any incident or we should be more proactive", he said.

Short, medium and long-term policies need to be formulated at different levels to deal with the problem, the home minister said.

"We must focus on the concept of "Samadhan" - which means S-Smart Leadership, A-Aggressive Strategy, M-Motivation and Training, A-Actionable Intelligence, D-Dashboard Based KPIs (Key Performance Indicators) and KRAs (Key Result Areas), H-Harnessing Technology, A-Action Plan for Each Theatre, N-No Access to Financing", the home minister said.

Referring to the use of some cutting edge technologies, Singh said now the use of the unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) is sub-optimal which needs to be augmented both by numbers and by use in the right place.

Talking about the welfare of securitymen deployed in Naxal-affected areas, who often face fatigue and stress, the home minister said it was important that their camps have better facilities for power, water and mobile phone connectivity.

He also called for increased use of technology in security operations and to counter left-wing extremism.

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"I am convinced that their martyrdom will not go in vain".

"We have to ensure that the states take ownership in the anti-Naxal operations where central armed police force will cooperate fully", said Singh.

"We need to use high resolution cameras, Global Positioning System, thermal imaging, radar and satellite images". In addition, Mr Singh said, unique identification numbers could be used in gelatin and other explosive materials.

'The conclave would discuss ways to revamp intelligence gathering mechanism, take a close look at ongoing operations against Naxalites, identify problem areas and devise ways to minimise casualties among the security forces, ' a Home Ministry official said.

Singh had termed the attack as direct "challenge to the government" and vowed to hunt down the attackers.

The meeting will help firm up anti-Naxal strategy to fight the guerillas in their hideouts.

It said issues like role of states in assisting paramilitary forces in their operations, raising and employment of India Reserve Battalions and Special India Reserve Battalion were expected to be part of the discussion.

The central zone, an operational field formation, was set up on August 7, 2009, and was tasked with the responsibility of deployment of CRPF troops in the entire "red belt" of states hit by Naxalite violence including West Bengal, Jharkhand, Bihar, Orisha, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh.

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