New Delhi: Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, G. Kishan Reddy, in a written reply to a question regarding Naxalite-Maoist attacks in Chhattisgarh, in Rajya Sabha yesterday, said that in 2019, the Left Wing Extremism (LWE) related incidents and deaths in Chhattisgarh have reduced considerably in comparison with 2018.
To combat the LWE Naxal menace in a holistic manner, Reddy said, the Government of India has formulated a National Policy and Action Plan in 2015, which envisages a multi-pronged approach comprising security, development and ensuring rights & entitlements of local communities.
The Ministry of Home Affairs is supporting State Governments extensively by way of deployment of Central Armed Police Force (CAPF) Battalions, provision of helicopters and UAVs and sanction of India Reserve Battalions (IRBs) and Special India Reserve Battalions (SIRBs).
Funds are provided under Modernisation of Police Force (MPF), Security Related Expenditure (SRE) Scheme and Special Infrastructure Scheme (SIS) for capacity building of State Police, intelligence agencies and CAPFs.
In addition to flagship schemes of the Central Government, several development initiatives have been undertaken for construction of roads, installation of mobile towers, skill development, improvement in network of banks and post offices, health and education facilities, the Minister stated.
Reddy shared details of the incidents, deaths and naxals killed in 2018 and 2019 in Chhattisgarh. The data revealed that there were 392 incidents of naxal-maoist violence in 2018, which resulted in 153 deaths, while 125 naxals were killed in Chhattisgarh.
In 2019, up to 15 November, there were 231 incidents of naxal violence which resulted in 76 deaths, while 72 naxals were killed in Chhattisgarh, the data showed.
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