Rajnath Singh calls for 'unity of purpose' in fight against Naxals

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West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Telangana's K.C. Rao and Andhra Pradesh's N. Chandrababu Naidu did not attend.

Rajnath Singh said the whole country was agitated over the "martyrdom" of 25 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel in Sukma.

Singh elaborated each part of this doctrine, laying stress on bringing aggression in the policy - aggression in thinking, in strategy, in deployment of forces, in operations, in development and in road construction - instead of reacting only after heinous incidents.

Nitish, along with other chief ministers, also emphasised the need to continue financial grants for the schemes initiated earlier - like the Special Infrastructure Scheme, Integrated Action Plan (IAP), Security Related Expenditure and Modernisation of Police Fund among others.

"We must focus on the concept of "Samadhan" - which means S-Smart Leadership, A-Aggressive Strategy, M-Motivation and Training, A-Actionable Intelligence, D-Dashboard Based KPIs (Key Performance Indicators) and KRAs (Key Result Areas), H-Harnessing Technology, A-Action Plan for Each Theatre, N-No Access to Financing", the home minister said.

Pointing out that the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) is sub-optimal now, the Home Minister added that Mini UAVs are proving to be extremely useful and should be procured in more quantities.

Referring to use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), the home minister said this should be further augmented and more such surveillance gear should be procured and given to the security forces.

Stating that left-wing extremists mostly looted weapons, Singh said that technologies like trackers in weapons, shoes and bullet-proof jackets, biometrics in smart gun triggers, and unique identification numbers in gelatin and other explosive materials should be used. "We should start a mission with a clear aim to rid Sukma of this problem", Chhattisgarh CM Raman Singh said. "The forces at the ground level should not lack leadership".

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Home ministry sources said now 90 per cent of Maoist activity is limited to 35 districts, though the ultra-Left guerrillas have pockets of influence in 68 districts in 10 states.

Rajnath Singh asked the states to take the ownership of Maoist operations and that the paramilitary forces should cooperate with them fully.

"We need to use high resolution cameras, Global Positioning System, thermal imaging, radar and satellite images".

Ahead of the crucial meeting, the strategic command headquarters of CRPF's anti-Naxal operations was shifted from Kolkata to Chhattisgarh.

The chief ministers of Bihar, Odisha, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand were in attendance.

Rajnath said the central paramilitary forces needed to work with a coordinated strategy and suggested the establishment of unified coordination and command centres to fight the Maoists.

The chief ministers highlighted the need for sharing intelligence inputs, better coordination, need for deployment of more CAPF forces and unfilled vacancies in state police forces among issues.