Senior Secretaries in Jharkhand to monitor anti Naxal operation

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Ranchi, June 28(ANI): Twenty Central Government secretaries, including Cabinet Secretary K M Chandrashekhar and Home Secretary designate G K Pillai have arriving here on a two day visit to monitor the anti Naxal operations in Jharkhand.

Chandrashekhar and secretaries of Agriculture, Power, Water Resources, Mining will asses development related activities in their respective fields while Pillai will review security details for developmental projects with the state government officials.

The Cabinet Secretary is also expected to brief the Prime Minister about the team's visit on Monday.

The Union Home Ministry is believed to have laid down a plan to flush out Maoists from the so-called liberated zones of Maharashtra, Chattisgarh, Jharkhand, Orissa, and West Bengal before commencing the developmental activities in these areas.

The Ministry is also planning to reduce the strength of paramilitary forces in Jammu and Kashmir and redeploy them in Naxal affected areas. According to sources, nearly 70,000 paramilitary personnel are currently deployed in Kashmir as against 20,000 in Naxal hit areas.

Union Home Minister Chidambaram has also asked West Bengal Chief Minister Budhadeb Bhattachayaji to instruct the DIG in charge of the Lalgarh operation to remain in the area instead of returning to Kolkata every night.

According to intelligence report there are 11,000 Naxalites operating in 160 districts spread over 15,000square kilometres.

The Maoists are said to be generate between Rs 1,200 to 1,500 crore every year, to buy the sophisticated weapons from Nepal and Myanmar. (ANI)

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