Current Affairs


‘160% rise in killings of Naxals in 2016’

  • The Home Ministry flagged the operational efficiency of security forces in the Maoist-affected areas as one of its biggest achievements during a presentation before Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
  • The Ministry informed Mr. Modi that since the NDA government came to power in May 2014, there had been a 45 per cent increase in the efficiency of Central forces in operations against the Maoists.
  • Mr. Modi has been conducting review meetings of 10 groups of secretaries as the NDA government completed two-and-a-half years in office.
  • The number of Naxal cadres killed in 2016 had been the highest ever in six years. Eighty-four Maoist cadres were killed in 2015 and in 2016, the number swelled to 218, which was an increase of 160 per cent.
  • There was also an increase in the number of police encounters, from 237 in 2015 to 316 in 2016.
  • Demonetisation had increased the problems of Maoists and that they had weakened.
  • After the NDA government came to power, the Home Ministry sent an additional 14 battalions of Central police forces to Maoist-affected districts.
  • In all, 104 battalions (each battalion has approximately 1,000 men) of Central forces are currently deployed in the affected areas, besides a large number of State police personnel.
  • The Expenditure Finance Committee (EFC) has already given the go-ahead for an ambitious road project in the 44 worst-affected districts. Under this project, the government proposes to construct 5,412 km of roads and 126 bridges and it would cost 11,725 crore.
  • The government is redrawing the ‘Red Corridor’ — the area affected by Left Wing Extremism (LWE) — and may soon take off 20 districts from the list of Maoistaffected areas.
  • The 106 districts which span 10 States — Bihar, Jharkhand, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha, Telangana, West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Chhattisgarh — constitute the Red Corridor.
  • Of these, 44 districts are said to be the worst affected. India has a total of 683 districts.