Army will not fight Naxals, says Cabinet Committee on Security

Vishwa Mohan, TNN, Jun 12, 2010, 01.13am IST

NEW DELHI: The Army will not be used in a “combat role” in the ongoing anti-Naxal battle. The Centre and states will, instead, recruit ex-servicemen — including retired sappers for de-mining exercises — on contractual basis to fill the gap and will focus on strengthening paramilitary and police personnel through intensive training and recruitment programmes. Role of armed forces will only be limited to “training”.

The Cabinet Committee on Security, which met under Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Thursday, took these decisions. It expected states to lead the charge against Maoists with the Centre mainly helping them with additional “security assistance” in terms of paramilitary personnel and “more funds” for modernisation of police forces and pursuing “development programmes”. The committee, which analysed the proposals and counter-proposals of both the home and defence ministries before arriving at the decisions, also decided to meet again soon to give final shape to the strategy.

“CCS will also invite chief ministers of Naxal-affected states. Their views will help the Centre in finetuning the strategy,” a top government official said.

Although the CCS meeting remained inconclusive in terms of giving final shape to the strategy and earmarking additional funds, it addressed major concerns of both defence and home ministries on major issues. “Since it was decided not to expand the role of armed forces at all beyond training, the focus was mainly on looking at alternatives to address the need of home ministry as well as states,” the official said.

As the armed forces do not want to be dragged into yet another internal security duty beyond their existing roles in J&K and N-E states, the CCS allowed home ministry to fill the gap by recruiting ex-servicemen in a big way.

“While a couple of states are already doing this, remaining ones will also be asked to recruit retired armed force personnel for de-mining exercises and other security duties on minimum three years contract,” the official said. The committee decided that the Centre would provide adequate funds to states for this purpose as well as for recruiting regular police personnel and increasing number of police stations in Naxal-hit districts.

Since the defence ministry argued that IAF could not spare a more helicopters to ferry troops, the CCS explored the option of hiring choppers from Pawan Hans for emergency duties including evacuation of injured personnel.

Courtesy: The Times of India, indiatimes.com

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3 Responses to “Army will not fight Naxals, says Cabinet Committee on Security”

  1. Pragun 17 June 2010 at 9:54 PM #

    Oh! then how many army has spent to punish kashmir and north easat!! the article has opened the character of worlds 2nd largest army. they are only for BRAVELY FIGHT against their poor citizens..

  2. GABLU 19 June 2010 at 10:51 AM #

    I hope Govt. will understand that arms is not the proper solution in this case.

  3. a k bairagi 20 June 2010 at 1:05 PM #

    Army is not a solution of Moist problem, it only can be solved if the political leader of our country be honest, make the country and adibasi develope, and it must be do the administration in good condition.


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