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COUNTERING THE MAOIST VIOLENCE

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( Monday, 01 May 2017 | Jaiveer Shergill | in Oped )

The Union Government has to ensure that the bureaucracy and grassroots politics works in tandem with the security forces to tackle the Red insurgency. It must ensure that the acts of symbolism come to a grand halt, paving way for ground-level action

The brutal attack on security forces in Sukma on April 24 and death of 25 CRPF jawans has once again highlighted our vulnerability in dealing with matters of internal security. This attack came in just over than a month after 11 CRPF jawans were killed in an ambush in the same Maoist hotbed of Bastar region of Chhattisgarh. The State sequence of attacks raises several questions regarding issues of leadership, logistics, intelligence and coordination. In 2008-09, 76 CRPF personnel were ambushed in Sukma, 18 Congress workers and leaders such as VC Shukla and Mahendra Verma were killed by the Maoists in the middle of a forest at Darbha in May 2013. And in December 2014, 13 CRPF personnel were killed. In 2015, STF and BSF had lost 13 jawans; many more were injured in various attacks in the State.

In between, there had been several attacks by the Left-wing extremists killing lives and damaging property. According to the replies by the Government of India in Parliament, from January 2008 till November 2015, Chhattisgarh had witnessed 3,703 Maoist incidents and the number of deaths was 1,500 during this period. A very pertinent question arises: Why has Chhattisgarh  become a soft target of the Maoists and why is the problem growing bigger by the day — and that too against the trend in neighbouring States?

Maoism in Chhattisgarh is an extortion operation. It runs between the beedi manufacturers, the Maoists, the bureaucracy and the Government. We need to    de-link this economic supply line. The Maoists concentrate their dominance where the state power is weak. The ascendancy of Maoists in Chhattisgarh is a glaring example of weakening of legitimacy of State Governments. The lack of modernisation of police force and also the lack of adequate capacity building are affecting anti-Maoist operations severely in the State. We need modern weaponry and adequate and trained personnel to operate them, particularly in view of reports of armed preparedness of the Maoists. A thana is a basic unit of policing, so it needs to be strengthened along with local intelligence units.

In 2007, the UPA Government had  approved an intelligence revamp plan for Chhattisgarh. In the same year, the Centre had given its nod to the Chhattisgarh Government to use helicopters in anti-Maoist operations so that the movement of security personnel during any operation is not hampered due to the Maoist tactic of mining roads used by the troops. But,  the State Government played politics and did not act on the policies of the Centre. The Integrated Action Plan was another initiative by the UPA Government for providing public infrastructure and services such as school buildings, Anganwadi centres, primary health centres, drinking water supply, village roads, electric lights at public places in Maoist-affected areas. But the scheme was discontinued by the Modi Government.

The scale and magnitude of the attack that took place recently must have been preceded by long-term planning and movement, but the CRPF did not get a hint of the entire exercise. It may surprise anti-insurgent experts but the fact is that there is an apparent lack of trust between the State police and the intelligence and paramilitary forces operating in the Maoist-prone areas in the State, and this is contributing to severe causalities of security personnel. Despite considerable investments, the effectiveness of police in Chhattisgarh continues to be poor. Unfortunately, the police is used as political tools by State administrations to crush the voices of human rights activists rather than to professionally deal with the problem. There is a lack of professional approach thus leading to periodic incidents of such killings. There is a need to ensure that security forces review their scale and drills for operations so that opportunities for ambush are avoided. Greater capacity building is called for particularly in Left-wing extremism-affected areas.

The first and foremost duty of a Government is to protect the lives and dignity of its people. In Chhattisgarh, it is clear that there is a wide chasm between promises and their eventual deliverance. There is an urgent need to conceptualise, plan and carry out operations with clarity of aim, strategy and determination. We also have to ensure that the Government learns from past mistakes and works towards development rather than just falling back upon the use of force.

Until the Government implements employment, poverty-alleviation and land reform programmes (ensuring land and forest rights to the tribals), counter-insurgency measures cannot achieve much. Development should come simultaneously with counter-insurgency measures. Without development, more boots on the ground would not be able to reverse the success of the Maoists on their own.

Money has never been a problem for anti-Maoist operations and for the development of Maoist-affected areas. What is important is proper monitoring of the allocated resources, to minimise the leakage to ensure that allocations are reaching the real beneficiaries. The nexus between the Maoists and their political and economic patrons needs to be destroyed. Skill development programmes should be customised to meet requirements of the youth in these affected areas, and regions that are potential targets of the Maoists. This will have a significant impact in resolving the problem of Maoism.

Social justice and inclusive growth are the planks on which the Government must build its programmes. The Forest Rights Act (FRA), which protects the rights of tribal people and forest-dwellers over their forests, should not be diluted. Only with consolidated efforts on the part of the legal and political framework, socio-economic reforms can be implemented and the problem of Maoism tackled in an efficient and effective manner.

The task for New Delhi is  also well cut out. Vacancies in security forces should be filled up on urgent basis. After the superannuation of K Durga Prasad in February this year, the position of Director General of CRPF remained vacant for two months, which led to policy stagnation in the country’s largest paramilitary force. The Union Government has to find a way to instil a sense of purpose among the state as well as the Central forces. It has to ensure that the bureaucracy and grassroots politics works in tandem with the security forces. And it must ensure that the acts of symbolism come to a grand halt, paving way for ground-level action.

(The writer is a Supreme Court lawyer and national media panelist of the Indian National Congress. Views expressed here are personal)

Source: http://www.dailypioneer.com/columnists/oped/countering-the-maoist-violence.html

A new dawn breaks for Punjab under Captain Amarinder Singh

capt.amrinder(  Date: 31 March 2017  | Jaiveer Shergill |  in Daily O  )

The famous Greek philosopher Plato had said the beginning is the most important part of the work. The 2017 Punjab verdict has made many new beginnings which are important politically and also otherwise.

The colossal defeat of the SAD-BJP alliance was a cumulative consequence of their mis-governance of the once prosperous state during the last ten years and for consciously pushing the youth of Punjab to a dark future.

The people of Punjab comprehensively rejected the regressive policies of the Badal government. They also rejected the opportunist agenda of the Aam Aadmi Party and their radical design to make Punjab one of the laboratories to pursue their political ambitions.

Even their frontline leaders like Bhagwant Mann and Gurpreet Ghuggi could not save their face. Hopefully, AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal will introspect and concentrate on governance in Delhi, giving a pause to his national ambition.

With nearly 40 per cent vote share and 77 seats for the Congress, the voters of Punjab have made their choice very clear and decisive.

This is the beginning of a new dawn in Punjab. The overwhelming support for the Congress in the state has come with a set of responsibilities for the new government. The people of Punjab, particularly the youth, have indicated their trust on the party and it will be the august duty of the new government to rise to their expectations. Gaining governmental power is not the end it would be satisfied with.

Nevertheless, the new government will have its challenges in the form of empty state coffers and mounting debt to the tune of Rs 1.25 lakh crore. Punjab’s debt burden is running at 31.4 per cent of the state’s GDP, the second highest among all states. Therefore, the immediate task will be to revive the fiscal strength of the state by improving revenue and investment.

Cash crunch due to demonetisation has severely affected the farmers of Punjab, particularly those cultivating wheat and potato. The state’s economy and fortune can be revived by dealing with the agrarian crisis effectively. Low farm income, rising indebtedness and subsequent farmer suicides have been a policy concern. Once the breadbasket of India, the state is now famous for farmer suicides.

In 2015, 449 farmers committed suicide. Latest data on farmers’ suicide was held back by the SAD-BJP government because of the elections and when it will be finally released, a much gory picture may emerge. Revival of agriculture in the state is possible by resorting to corrective political action.

Since availability of institutional credit is a major issue in the state, farming sector development could be achieved by scheduling an adequate policy framework for more efficient performance of the rural financial market.

Like agriculture, industry has also been neglected, because of which the state has a large number of unemployed youth. Punjab has a historical advantage of small scale industries and their revival will generate a large chunk of jobs for Punjabi youth. If we can develop a few software parks in the state, they will cater to the aspirations of the educated youth of the state.

Public health and education have nearly collapsed during the last ten years. In June 2016, there was a news report that huge number of students had failed Class 10 exams and a massive 1.12 lakh students were given nothing less than 27 grace marks so that the pass percentage jumped from an embarrassing 39.5 per cent to 72.25 per cent.

This speaks about the state of education in Punjab. A qualitative change in the approach to governance is required to ensure public funding is not merely turned into dole; rather it should promote equity, productivity and competitiveness. At the same time, access to education and health remain affordable and within reach of the common man.

At present, like the transport system, the health infrastructure of Punjab is more private than public. To restore people’s faith, we need to develop policies keeping in mind the people as stakeholders rather than beneficiaries.

Drugs are claiming a huge social cost in Punjab, once counted among India’s most prosperous states. The menace became bigger because of the political patronage of the Badal government. Till the end, the political establishment remained in denial mode. Burying the problem under the sand is not going to help anyone.

To eradicate the problem and to save the future of Punjab, the new government will have to have a comprehensive action plan addressing both demand and supply factors. On the one hand, action is required to be taken to choke the supply channels and on the other hand, sensitisanew dawntion programmes and preventive health policies are required to address the demand side.

The commitment of the Congress to saving the youth of Punjab from the drug menace will be translated into an action plan and monitoring mechanisms to deal with the issue at the ground level. The state has a competent police force which has proved its mettle by controlling terrorism, and they can control the drug problem as well.

The issue during Badal rule was not control over the drugs problem but over the police force itself. Honest and competent officers were not given key responsibilities, particularly in bordering districts. We need to have the right officers in the right place to achieve the desired goals.

Since Punjab shares a 553km border with Pakistan, we will expect that the central government in Delhi will extend all possible help to control cross-border drug trafficking. The new government is a sign of hope for the youth of Punjab. The year 2017 will mark the revival of the old glory of Punjab.

Politically, the Punjab victory is expected to revive the Congress at the national level. History will repeat itself like in 1980, when Punjab started the revival of the Congress which was followed across the country.

Source: http://www.dailyo.in/politics/amarinder-singh-punjab-congress-revival-sad-bjp/story/1/16457.html

‘Modi Govt trying to subvert democracy in Manipur by abducting Independent MLA’: Cong

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Charging the BJP of making a mockery of the electoral verdict and trying to subvert Democracy in Manipur by illegally abducting Independent MLA Asabuddin.

Talking to reporters here, AICC media panelist Jaiveer Shergill alleged that at the Imphal airport, an independent MLA Asabuddin travelling with Minister, Nasir has been illegally abducted by 200 CISF personnel. This has been done at the behest of BJP general secretary Ram Madhav.”

He demanded registering of an FIR against Mr Ram Madhav.Mr Shergill alleged that by using money power and muscle power, the BJP is trying to form a government in the state by ignoring the mandate given by the people.

”At the Imphal airport, the independent MLA has been abducted through misuse of the CISF and the airport administration,”he said. Alleging that the abduction has been done at the behest of BJP general secretary Ram Madhav, he said,”an FIR should be registered against the BJP general secretary.”Earlier, in a statement, AICC media incharge Randeep Surjewala said,”the BJP is now misusing the CISF and Airport authorities to detain and abduct Independent MLA, Asabuddin at Imphal Airport and take him to Kolkata.

The Modi Governemt is playing a dangerous game of subverting democracy and abducting MLAs by misusing CISF at Imphal Airport despite its electoral loss. Federalism and rule of law being murdered in broad daylight by the Modi Government.”UNI AR SHK 1827

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‘Modi Govt trying to subvert democracy in Manipur by abducting Independent MLA’

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New Delhi, Mar 12 (UNI) Charging the BJP of making a mockery of the electoral verdict and trying to subvert Democracy in Manipur by illegally abducting Independent MLA Asabuddin. Talking to reporters here, AICC media panelist Jaiveer Shergill alleged that at the Imphal airport, an independent MLA Asabuddin travelling with Minister, Nasir has been illegally abducted by 200 CISF personnel. This has been done at the behest of BJP general secretary Ram Madhav.’’ He demanded registering of an FIR against Mr Ram Madhav. Mr Shergill alleged that by using money power and muscle power, the BJP is trying to form a government in the state by ignoring the mandate given by the people. ‘’At the Imphal airport, the independent MLA has been abducted through misuse of the CISF and the airport administration,’’he said. Alleging that the abduction has been done at the behest of BJP general secretary Ram Madhav, he said,’’an FIR should be registered against the BJP general secretary.’’ Earlier, in a statement, AICC media incharge Randeep Surjewala said,’’the BJP is now misusing the CISF and Airport authorities to detain and abduct Independent MLA, Asabuddin at Imphal Airport and take him to Kolkata. The Modi Governemt is playing a dangerous game of subverting democracy and abducting MLAs by misusing CISF at Imphal Airport despite its electoral loss. Federalism and rule of law being murdered in broad daylight by the Modi Government.’’ UNI AR SHK 1827

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बेटी बचाओ का नारा देने वाली मोदी सरकार का नया नारा बेटी डराओ धमकाओ : जयवीर शेरगिल

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नई दिल्ली (उत्तम हिन्दू न्यूज) : कांग्रेस के राष्ट्रीय प्रवक्ता जयवीर शेरगिल ने कहा है कि एक तरफ तो प्रधानमंत्री नरेंद्र मोदी बेटी बचाओ की बात करते हैं वहीं दूसरी तरफ देश में एक शहीद की बेटी को डराया धमकाया जा रहा है। इससे तो लगता है कि सरकार का अब नया नारा बेटी डराओ धमकाओ हो गया है। शेरगिल ने कहा कि शहीद की बेटी गुरमेहर कौर को चिंतित होने की जरूरत नहीं है क्योंकि पूरा देश और कांग्रेस पार्टी उसके साथ है।

मोदी सरकार पर बरसते हुए जयवीर शेरगिल ने कहा कि पीएम मोदी आखिरकार मध्य प्रदेश में जासूसी रैकेट में भाजपा नेता का हाथ होने पर चुप क्यों है। ये भाजपा के लिए बहुत शर्म की बात है कि पश्चिम बंगाल भाजपा महिला मोर्चे की महासचिव जूही चौधरी बाल तस्करी रैकेट में गिरफ्तार हुई हैं।

सबसे बड़ी बात ये कि जूही चौधरी ने पुलिस को बताया कि उसे भाजपा के सांसद ने गिरफ्तारी से बचने के लिए नेपाल जाने की सलाह दी थी। शेरगिल ने सवाल किया कि आखिरकार वे भाजपा सांसद कौन हैं जिन्होंने ये सलाह जूही को दी।

जयवीर शेरगिल ने कहा कि इस पूरे प्रकरण ममें भाजपा के राष्ट्रीय महासचिव कैलाश विजयवर्गीय और भाजपा की राज्यसभा सांसद रूपा गांगुली की भूमिका भी शक के घेरे में है। इन मामलों में भी पीएम मोदी को देश को बताना चाहिए बाल तस्करी गिरोह में इन भाजपा नेताओं की क्या भूमिका है।

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