UAVs from next week

Official sources in the Home Ministry said there will be a trial run of UAVs from next week in which the Army may also be roped in because of their expertise in such kind of operations.

The UAVs will be used for intelligence gathering, image capturing and giving details of the topography of the terrain to the units going for operations against the Left-wing extremists, they said. Sources said the services of UAVs are urgently required as the forces engaged in anti-Naxal operations needed real-time information to achieve more success. The UAVs, imported from abroad, have the capacity to fly 5,000 feet above the ground and can quickly provide information to the ground force for appropriate action.

The Centre is also mulling to bring strategic changes in the tactics adopted by ground troops while going for anti-Naxal operations, they said.

Equal distribution

Under this, small units of forces will be mobilised for the operations with equal distribution of state and Central paramilitary forces, they said.

The government also plans to split the mandate of CRPF into two parts–one exclusively for counter-insurgency operations and another for law and order duties–for their better utilisation.

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