Karnataka government is actively considering a surrender and rehabilitation package to naxalites, Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa said on Sunday.
Addressing the Chief Ministers’ Conference on Internal Security in New Delhi, he said due to the government’s concerted and determined efforts, the Naxal menace has been kept under control in the state.
“Though there were a few incidents of threats and an incident of attack on police by Naxals, for the first time in three years no policeman or civilian has been killed by Naxals”, he said in his speech, copy of which was made available here.
Mr. Yeddyurappa also said the government was actively considering a proposal to raise a State Industrial Security Force.
The Chief Minister offered to the Centre appropriate land to set up a national-level police IT research and development centre to use technology more effectively in policing.
Mr. Yeddyurappa urged the Centre to depute officers to help the State in setting up a full-fledged commando training centre in Karnataka for training and build up capability to tackle the twin threats of Naxalism and terrorism.
“In the last few years, it is seen that the enemy forces are concentrating on cities like Bangalore which reflect the growth centres of the country”, he said.
The Chief Minister suggested that the Government of India scheme for modernisation of police force, which came to an end last year, be continued for another five years with enhanced funds and with identification of more focused areas. “Training could be one such area”, he said.