Naxalism, terrorism focus of PM's Dec 20 meeting with CMs

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New Delhi, Dec 16: Rising incidents of naxal violence and terror incidents being organised with the help of sleeper cells of various militant organisations would be the main focus of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's meeting with Chief Ministers on December 20. The meeting, which would also be attended by Home Minister Shivraj Patil, heads of paramilitary forces and other security agencies, would take stock of the internal security scenario of the country.

The Prime Minister is likely to ask the states to strengthen their intelligence gathering machinery as it was crucial in preventing terror incidents and naxal attacks in the country. Incidents of Naxalism, especially in Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand, which had claimed lives of many security personnel and civilians, would be discussed with the Centre and the states striving to formulate a joint mechanism to deal with them effectively.

Filling vacancy in police force, especially special branches, by the state governments would be emphasised as it was essential for strengthening the intelligence network at the grassroot level. The centre may also ask state government to consider providing special incentives to policemen working in the special branches to encourage them or they may also start a separate cadre for it, home ministry sources said.

As the police population ratio was very low with 1: 728, the centre would also ask the states to increase it and also to expeditiously and judiciously spend the money granted for police modernisation.

Naxalism would be the top of the agenda for the meeting and states are likely to be asked to enhance the inter state coordination to meet the challenge of Maoist violence in the country.

Steps like proposed model guidelines to quickly settle petty offences related to forest and notification rules under the forest act ensuring that land rights be given to the original inhabitants would also be deliberated.

Meanwhile, it had been decided to enhance the pace of Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojna in 33 most naxalism affected districts so that the developmental projects could be implemented faster in the backward areas of the country and generate employment opportunity for the local people. This was necessary as the government considered naxalism not only a law and order problem, but also a social and economic ramification.

Growing insurgency and violence in Assam and other North Eastern states would also be discussed at the meeting. Situation in Jammu and Kashmir would also come for deliberation.

Recent incidents of terror attacks on courts in Uttar Pradesh and religious places like Ajmer Sharif in Rajasthan and Mecca Masjid in Andhra Pradesh would be discussed upon at the conference. It would also chalk out measures to prevent such terror attacks in future.

Rising network of militant outfits like Lashkar-e-Toiba, Jaish-e-Mohammad and Huji across the country, sleeper cells and cross border terrorism would also be focused at the conference.


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