Centre Favors District Command

Union Government has made a pitch for setting up District Level Unified Command in each Maoist hit district in the State to give a sharp edge to Anti-Maoist Operations.

While the State Government is having State Level Unified Command, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has stressed the need to constitute District Level Unified Operational Command in Left Wing Extremist-affected districts in the State to eliminate the menace.
To achieve success in the counter-insurgency operations at the ground level, it is necessary to set up District Unified Commands and convene its meetings on regular basis, pointed out MHA, said sources.
The Government of Chhattisgarh has already constituted District Level Unified Command headed by Superintendent of Police(SP) and it has shown better results in Anti-Naxal Operations, officials admit.
Now in Odisha and other States, there is State Level Unified Command headed by Chief Secretary, where Members are from different State and Central Forces as well as Secretaries of various departments, both from regulatory and development sector.
Performance wise, Odisha tops the list of the LWE hit States, where Unified Command Meet is held regularly.
Union Secretary Home Affairs, Rajiv Gauba has recently reviewed the performance of the States, which are affected by Naxals, said sources.
It came to notice that while Odisha holds Unified Command Meet three to four times in a year, where as some other States have held once in entire year, sources said.
Official sources admit that though West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand and other States have formed Unified Command, meeting are not convened at regular interval,
However, Odisha is most regular in holding Unified Command Meet headed by Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi and is taking up review of the both Anti-Maoist Operations and Developmental activities in the Red Corridors, officials say.
Sources in Department of Home said that ACS Home Asit Tripathy coordinated three meetings, which were held in 2017 and recently another meeting of Unified Command was held on 4 June to review the Anti-Maoist Operations and Developmental Works being taken up in the Red Corridors.
During the last Unified Command meeting held in June, it came to light that there is significant improvement in LWE Scenario in the State.
One issue cropped up during discussion in Unified Command Meeting about the collection of funds by the Ultras and State Police headed by DGP Rajendra Prasad Sharma has chalked out Action Plan to stop such activities so that resource generation by the Maoist will hit hurdles.
Similarly Supreme Court of India appointed Special Investigation Team headed by Justice Arijit Pasayat has revealed that huge money has been recovered from Maoists.
Justice Pasayat told Media that illegal properties purchased with balck money by the Maoists have been seized from the Ultras by various investigating agencies.
Unified Command meet also reviews State’s development schemes like livelihood care, skill development, and electrification implemented in LWE Zones are yielding good results in the affected districts.

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