Task Force on Naxalism meeting in Bhubaneshwar from tomorrow

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New Delhi, Dec 12 (UNI) The Task Force on Naxalism would hold its 19th meeting in Bhunbaneshwar from tomorrow to deliberate on the measures needed to check rising Naxal violence in the country.

The two-day meeting of the Task Force in Orissa would deliberate on the various steps needed to deal with the activities of naxalites and improve co-ordination between authorities of different neighbouring states to tackle the challenge of Maoist violence.

The Task Force in the Home Ministry is headed by Special Secretary (Internal Security) M. L. Kumawat and consists of officers from the Intelligence agencies, Central Para Military Forces and State Police Forces concerned.

The trends of overall Naxal situation during the year 2007 would also be discussed in detail with the nodal officers and state government functionaries so as to improve police response and maintain pressure on Naxal groups and degrade their infrastructure.

The Centre is likely to emphasise states to further streamline inter-State joint operations and pinpoint intelligence collection and sharing. It is also likely to urge states to ensure full utilisation of funds under the Police Modernisation Scheme, giving special emphasis on investigation and prosecution of cases of Naxal leader or cadres. It would seek finetuning of action plans against Naxals and filling up of the vacancies in police force in a time-bound manner.

The inter-State joint task forces was formed to "facilitate coordinated and synergised anti-Naxalite operations across State boundaries" and "strengthen intelligence networks" for this mission. The Centre generally sends the units of the joint task force to six states namely Jharkhand, Andhra Pradesh, Orissa, Bihar, Chhattisgarh and Maharashtra to concentrate in blocking the routes of Naxalites.

The last meeting of the Task Force was held at Ranchi on September 20-21 this year.

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