Home Minister Rajnath Singh has reportedly pitched for an aggressive strategy to quell the Maoist rebels. "Bihar Chief Minister suggested that the Prevention of Money Laundering Act needed a review to make it more effective in choking funds to the Maoists", Mr. Mehrishi said.
Addressing a meeting of chief ministers of Naxal-hit states, Singh said a large number of Naxal cadres have been killed and many others have surrendered since 2014.
The Home Minister also asked for implementation of the new doctrine "SAMADHAN" for use in security operations: 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 threat and N - No access to financing.
As many as 12,000 citizens have lost their lives in violence by the left wing extremists in last 20 years and out of these casualties 2,700 were jawans of the security forces and the remaining 9,300 were innocent people.
Stressing the need for pre-emptive action, Singh said: "Should we react only after the attack?"
National security adviser Ajit Doval and top security and intelligence officials from the Centre and states also took part in the meeting, which chose to evolve a uniform strategy to take on the Naxals.
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In a sign of things to come, the Centre today underlined the need to have "aggression" in the battle against left-wing extremism (LWE) in the country and stated that the state governments should take the ownership of anti-Naxal operations. "In order to prevent this, it would be advisable to have trackers in weapons, biometrics in smart gun triggers", Rajnath said. Stating that the "whole country is agitated" post-Sukma attack, Singh said that he was "concerned but not perturbed" by this attack.
"The residential camps of security forces should be well equipped with power and water facility and better connectivity", he said.
Rajnath Singh also emphasised on finding mechanisms of detecting these incidents before they happen. "We need to use UAVs [drones], PTZ cameras, Global Positioning System tracking, thermal imaging, and Radar and satellite images [to do that]". "The forces at the ground level should not lack leadership". The force has already shifted its anti-Naxal ops command centre from Kolkata to Raipur to further strengthen its operations in the state.
States also sought including new districts under these schemes. Andhra Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh were represented by ministers and West Bengal and Telangana by their chief secretary and DGP.
"We have to ensure", he added, "that the states take the ownership in the anti-Naxal operations where Central Armed Police Force will cooperate fully".
Meanwhile, a home ministry statement said a "holistic" review of the situation will be undertaken covering a wide canvas of security and development issues, particularly infrastructure building.