Address by Dr. K. Rosaiah, Hon'ble Chief Minister of Andhra
Pradesh on February 7, 2010 at Chief Ministers' Conference on Internal Security,
Respected Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singhji, Minister for
Home Affairs Shri Chidambaramji and my dear colleague Chief Ministers:
Andhra Pradesh has been evolving a comprehensive strategy
to tackle internal security issues and Law and Order problems.
Left Wing Extremism and ISI-sponsored terrorism are the two
major threats to the security of the State. With all humility, I would state
that these problems have been contained to a large extent.
LEFT WING EXTREMISM:
Containing left wing extremism continues to be the top
priority for the Government of Andhra Pradesh. We have created suitable
mechanisms to handle the problem at physical level and at socio-economic level.
A specialized force called 'Greyhounds' is operating at state level while
similar trained teams are operating at district level also.
A special wing named Special Intelligence Branch (SIB) is
concentrating on the top ranking UG extremists, and in recent times, a good
number of Central Committee members have been apprehended.
The extremist violence touched the lowest point in 2009, in
the last 30 years of extremism in the State. It is quite significant to note
that the security forces did not suffer any casualty during 2009 in A.P. while
more than 300 security personnel laid down their lives in fighting extremist
problem in other parts of the country. By and large, peace is restored in most
of the hitherto highly affected rural areas in the state. There are still
certain pockets in the Agency areas bordering Chhattisgarh and Orissa States,
where the CPI (Maoist) exerts its influence on the tribals.
As evident from their documents, the CPI (Maoist) perceives
real threat to its existence from the welfare and developmental activities taken
up by the Government. An Action Plan with various developmental programmes like
distribution of land, generation of employment opportunities for unemployed
youth, and creation of infrastructure facilities, namely, road connectivity,
protected drinking water supply, construction of school college/hostel buildings
and electrification in the remote and interior areas of the extremist-affected
districts and so on, is under implementation. Medical facilities are provided
under 'Rajiv Arogya Sree' scheme.
As most of the unrest leading to extremist activities
emanates from poverty and hunger and lack of gainful employment, the Government
had implemented the Scheduled Tribes and other Traditional Dwellers (RoFR) Act
2006, giving rights to 1.821akh eligible tribal families over an extent of 12.72
lakh acres of land till now. The tribals have been struggling for years for
rights over lands under their occupation. Their dreams have now been fulfilled
by the Government. The best weapon to overcome militancy is to win the hearts of
the people by development. Therefore, the government has initiated comprehensive
land development at RS.1200 crores under NREGP for tribal families in lands
given to them under RoFR. The government also has taken up rubber plantation
over an extent of 31,000 acres benefiting 15,000 tribal families at a cost of
RS.150.00 crores and coffee plantation over an extent of around one lakh acres
benefiting one lakh tribal families besides other horticulture programmes.
Government has initiated a focused approach to identify and
impart training to unemployed youth from interior areas with a view to providing
them gainful employment. We have raised two armed police battalions comprising
only unemployed tribal youth living in naxal affected areas
Our State is also implementing several schemes such as
payment of ex gratia and provision of employment to the dependent family member
of the victims (both official, non-official/civilian) of extremist violence and
rehabilitation of the surrendered extremists through financial assistance. These
measures are yielding good results.
We have ensured that no innocent person is subjected to
harassment during police operations. A few thousand cases booked for non-serious
offences were withdrawn, particularly against the tribals. Thus, a combination
of law & order and socioeconomic measures has drastically reduced the naxalite
problem in AP.
Our Government is now engaged in consolidation of the
success by stepping up administrative and welfare works in the formerly affected
areas. In this regard, we have sought the help of the Government of India in
developing proper infrastructure in interior areas to facilitate developmental
activities and also operations by security forces. It is a well-known fact that
the main strength of Maoists is the inaccessible terrain. We have requested the
Government of India to improve the inter-State road network. Better
communication facilities in these areas are also an important requirement.
Our earnest request to Government of India is to expedite
the pending proposals of AP state. There are certain weak-links in the chain of
security of police stations located on the borders of Chattisgarh and Orissa. It
needs corrective steps promptly. In view of the intense activity of the Maoists
across the border, strengthening the police station security and providing
protection to various developmental projects close to the borders is crucial. In
this regard, we requested the Central Government to provide 16 additional Coys
Similarly we made a request to include Visakhapatnam, East
Godavari, Vizianagaram, Warangal, Karimnagar and Adilabad districts in the
category of 'second priority districts' on par with Khammam, the lone district
under Special Infrastructure Scheme (SIS). We look forward to receiving the
funds under centrally sponsored schemes like Security Related Expenditure (SRE),
Modernisation of Police Forces (MPF) and Special Infrastructure Scheme (SIS) in
the coming years also for tackling extremism effectively.
The ISI Sponsored Terrorism is under effective check in
Andhra Pradesh. The last offence took place in August 2007, wherein the Indian
Mujahideen terrorists caused twin blasts in Hyderabad killing 42 persons.
The Government responded in an unprecedented manner by
sanctioning an additional strength of 37,500 Police personnel in order to
strengthen the fighting units of the Police Department. About one third of the
additional force has joined the ranks and the recruitment of another one third
is in progress.
The Government has responded by creating an anti-terrorist
commando organization namely OCTOPUS (Organization for Counter Terrorist
Operations) on the lines of National Security Guards. The first batch of
commandos is ready and they are strategically located at Tirumala. Training for
other batches is in progress.
The Union Government has established an NSG hub at
Hyderabad in July last, and we are taking full advantage of the same for
training the OCTOPUS personnel. In response to the decision of the Union to set
up a regional headquarters of NSG for South India at Hyderabad, we are acquiring
around 600 acres of land which is expected to be completed in the next two
We are taking full advantage of the presence of NSG hub in
Hyderabad for training the OCTOPUS personnel. Quick Reaction Teams have been
formed in all Police Commissionerates for urban intervention. Further, there are
District Guards trained on the pattern of Greyhounds available under the control
of each District SP. They are being given urban orientation in the districts,
based on the vulnerability perception.
The State and District level Special Branches have been
recently strengthened as per the guidelines issued by MHA by adding sufficient
number of personnel for surveillance and intelligence collection.
Government has initiated a series of measures to improve
the socio-economic conditions of target population including reforms in
education at Madarsas. Security Audit of important Govemment/Public Sector
undertakings and vital installations is regularly done.
The Intelligence Security Wing has been continuously
training other Governmental agencies in temple security, transport security,
railway security, etc. in identifying Improvised Explosive Devices, frisking
persons, locating suspects and such other skills. To protect the Information
Technology industry, we have established IT Task Force under an Inspector
General of Police.
We are coming up with a law regarding security in public
places. This legislation will make it mandatory for all corporate groups, malls,
theatres, etc., to increase their security infrastructure and training
Specialised training is required to investigate
terror-crime and crime related to drug trafficking, money laundering, fake
Indian currency Notes, etc. our officers require training from IB, CBI,
Financial Intelligence Unit etc., as also from certain overseas training
institutes. Our Government has taken all steps for the connectivity between the
Central and State Intelligence Agencies for sharing of intelligence on a real
time basis. Working closely with the Central Intelligence Agencies, Andhra
Pradesh Police has apprehended key terror operatives in the recent times.
The Govt. of India is requested to extend the scheme of SRE
to support the State Government infrastructure in fighting ISI Sponsored
Terrorism also. Further, the states may be equipped in the field of monitoring
certain technological devices being used by terrorists and other anti-national
elements for carrying out their subversive activities.
Andhra Pradesh has a long coastline of 974 Kilometers
covering 9 districts. This coast has several vital installations like
Sriharikota, Major and Minor ports, Eastern Naval Command, Krishna-Godavari Gas
Our State is implementing the Coastal Security Scheme in
accordance with the recommendations of the Ministry of Home Affairs. We have set
up 6 Marine Police Stations in the first phase. The Government of India has
sanctioned money for construction of Police Stations and for purchase of
vehicles required. We have proposed to set up an additional 15 Marine Police
Stations in the second phase to cover the long coastline.
Patrol boats have been sanctioned by Government of India
and we are recruiting crew for operating the same on contract basis from
ex-service/ex-Central Para Military Forces personnel. Joint Operational Centre
is functioning at Visakhapatnam under CNC, Vizag and our Marine Police is in
constant touch with Navy and Coast Guard. Joint Operations are being conducted
by Marine Police and Coast Guard personnel. We have posted a DIG rank officer
with headquarters at Visakhapatnam for interacting from time to time with Navy
and Coast Guard.
We are grateful to the Central Government for their support
in certain critical areas like Modernization of Police, Security Related
Expenditure and Special grants under Rashtriya Sama Vikas Yojana, Special
Infrastructure Scheme. We are confident that these administrative and
enforcement measures will help us keep the twin problems of Left Wing extremism
and ISI sponsored terrorism under check.