Chhattisgarh Current Affairs - 2020

MHA to rope in Ex-Brigadiers to help fight Naxals

Appalled by the rising number of deadly attacks by Maoists, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has decided to rope in retired Brigadiers to plan and assist in anti-Naxal operations in four Left Wing Extremism (LWE)-affected States — Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Odisha and West Bengal.

The Ministry of Defence will be tasked with identifying suitable candidates who should have served as Brigadier in the Army’s fighting arm [Infantry], followed by a joint interview by top officials of the Defence and Home Ministries.

Fact Box: “ROSHNI” – A new programme launched by Rural Development Ministry in 24 naxal affected districts

The Ministry for Rural Development has launched a new skill development scheme called Roshni for rural youth from 24 most critical left-wing extremism affected districts in the country.


  • Aim: Skilling and Placement of 50,000 youth from 24 selected naxal affected districts.
  • Cost : Rs 100 crore over the next 3 years, will be shared jointly by the centre and state governments in the ratio of 75:25
  • Districts Targeted: Six districts each from Jharkhand and Odisha, five from Chhattisgarh, two from Bihar and one each from Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra.
  • Monitoring and coordination of the programme will be done by national level agencies.
  • At least 50% of the candidates covered under the scheme shall be women and special efforts will be made to proactively cover Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups on a priority basis.
  • Beneficiaries aged b/w 18-35 years with requisite aptitude depending upon the trade or job requirements are to be selected as per the Participatory Identification of Poor.
  • Training will be imparted through public-private and public-public partnerships.
  • Educational institutions, corporate entities, entities that train and place for improved public service delivery, commercial and not for profit training providers will be roped in.
  • Four training models with duration ranging from 3 months to one year shall be taken up to meet the diverse needs of youth depending on their entry level qualifications.