Bhatnagar oversaw the quick activation of the command in Raipur after he attended a meeting of the Unified Command on May 5 which was chaired by Chief Minister Raman Singh. "The situation calls for serious analysis, strategic review and calibrated action", Patnaik said.
Raman Singh, the Chhattisgarh chief minister whose state faces the brunt of the problem, outlined "Mission Sukma", where he suggested intelligent use of air power targeting the Maoist leadership and continuing development work in the area as steps to tackle the extremists.
"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 highly regrettable acts of the Maoists, the Home Minister said 12,000 citizens had lost their lives in the violent activities of the left-wing extremists of whom 2,700 were jawans of the security forces while the remaining 9,300 were innocent and common people. He added that the groups would "never succeed in suppressing democracy and development in the country". "Today, we need to consider whether to react only after the occurrence of any incident or we should be more proactive", Singh asked.
Apart from the chief ministers, the district magistrates and superintendents of police of 35 of the worst-hit districts are also expected to be part of the meeting, along with the heads of paramilitary forces and intelligence agencies. "Since extremists use looted weapons, we need to have trackers in the weapons, embed biometrics in triggers and have unique identification numbers in explosive material", he said.
Short, medium and long-term policies need to be formulated at different levels to deal with the problem, the home minister said.
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"We need to use high resolution PTZ cameras, Global Positioning System tracking, hand-held thermal imaging, radar, satellite imaging etc", he said.
The cadre officers of the CRPF, the leading anti-Naxal central force in the country, are made to lead the operations without effective supervision from their IPS bosses.
Ahead of the crucial meeting, the strategic command headquarters of CRPF's anti-Naxal operations was shifted from Kolkata to Chhattisgarh. "We should have aggression in our thoughts, development, security, infrastructure development".
The chief ministers of Bihar, Odisha, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand were in attendance.
The meeting will discuss operational issues like the role of states in Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) operations, raising, employment and deployment of India Reserve (IR) battalions by recruiting local youth and Special India Reserve Battalion (SIRB), capacity building and intelligence issues like vacancies in state police forces, besides capacity building of state intelligence units.