Left Wing Extremism in India: Union Minister Rajnath Singh has expressed concern over Maoism menace in the country and said it has badly affected 35 districts across seven states. He said this while addressing a Home Ministry meeting on issues related to Left-wing extremism (LWE). The Home Minister revealed that there has been a decline of LWE in the last three years. Singh, however, said 106 districts in 10 states were still affected. As compared to 2010, there was a decline of 53 per cent in the number of violent incidents and 72 per cent in resultant deaths in 2016 and the trend continued in 2017, according to Indian Express report.
Singh told MPs that this year’s overall situation has so far indicated a declining trend and the number of violent incidents had reduced by 25.6 per cent as compared to the corresponding period in 2016. Singh also spoke about security measures, including deployment of central armed police forces in LWE-affected states, use of 56 specialised India Reserve Battalions to strengthen the security apparatus, construction of about 400 fortified police stations, besides various training initiatives. “Other security measures were also taken like deployment of UAVs, helicopters, unified command and joint command and control centres at Jagdalpur (Chhattisgarh) and Gaya (Bihar),” Singh said.
Singh told MPs that a new initiative SAMADHAN has also been introduced to control the situation in the LWE affected states. SAMADHAN stands for Smart Policing and Leadership; Aggressive Strategy, Motivation and Training, Actionable Intelligence; Dashboard for Development and Key Performance Indicators, Harnessing Technology for Development and Security, Action Plan for each Theatre and No access to Financing.