Eradicate the problem of Naxalism within a year : Urges Union Home Minister Amit Shah

Editorial comment

The public feels that if the problem of Naxalism in the country could be resolved within a year, then it should have been done much earlier.

New Delhi – The fight against Naxalites has now reached its final stage and needs to be made more decisive soon. The death toll due to Naxalites violence has come down to 200 in a year. In the next year, the problem of Naxalism in the Naxal-affected areas should be solved, Union Home Minister Amit Shah told the Chief Ministers of the Naxal-hit States. Some strategic points were presented by him. He asked to form a joint strategy to stop the flow of funds to the Naxalites.

Chief Ministers, Ministers of State and high-ranking officials of 10 Naxal-hit States were present in this meeting. Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao were present. Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy and Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan did not attend the meeting, but these 4 States were represented by their senior officers.

Shah said that for this to resolve in a year, it is necessary to build pressure, increase the pace, and have good coordination. It is very important to close the source of income of Naxalites. Central and State Government machinery should unite against the Naxal. If the Chief Minister, Chief Secretary and Director General of Police take regular reviews at their level, then the problem of coordination at the lower level will be resolved automatically.