Development follows security against the Maoists

The clear and hold parts of the Clear, Hold and Build strategy are being executed by 73 paramilitary battalions, 37 India Reserve battalions and 10 CoBRA battalions deployed in the Maoist-affected states. This is a quantum increase from the 37 battalions deployed against the Maoists in 2008. It is the Build component which has always been the weakest component of the Indian counterinsurgency strategy. This is where the Saranda Action Plan (SAP) gains significance.