43 militants lay down arms

Imphal: Forty-three militants including a woman cadre laid down arms to Chief Minister N Biren Singh here on Saturday.

Biren Singh stated that confidence and trust building are the key recipes for a strong and united Manipur and India.

Biren Singh said the government keeps its doors wide open at all times for anyone willing to give up arms and join the mainstream.

The Chief Minister further emphasized that unity and cooperation among all sections of the people is the need of the hour for building a better Manipur and united India. “Despite the collective and painstaking efforts of the security forces and government on “War Against Drugs” for total eradication of illegal drugs in the state, it is very unfortunate that a few sections of the people resorted to immature acts of mockery of the government’s initiatives”, he lamented.

N Biren Singh informed that the government will implement rehabilitation benefits under the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) scheme for Surrender-cum-Rehabilitation of Militants in the North East States, 2018 for the youths to come back into the mainstream.

DGP P. Doungel highlighted that the government is keen to have talks and bring home all the misguided youths of the state while adding that the many counter insurgency operations conducted are not enough. “Till today, 644 surrendered cadres have come back home to start a new life out of the 749. They were screened and accepted by the Surrendering Committee. Altogether 108 surrendered cadres of different UG groups are now in camps under the Surrender scheme of the MHA”, DGP Doungel added.

The DGP further stated that the government will continue to bring in all those who have strayed from normal lives to the national mainstream to ensure peace in the state, under the able leadership of the Chief Minister and guidance of the Home Department with cooperation from security agencies.

The forty three cadres of different groups included 13 cadres of KYKL, 5 from PLA/RPF, 5 from KCP N, 11 from KCP, 5 from UNLF, 1 from PREPAK, 2 from PREPAK (PRO) and from 1 NSCN (U). Weapons and gadgets surrendered included 19 arms consisting of AK series rifles, pistols, hand grenades, handheld sets IED and live ammunition among others.

Mentioned may be made that the revised scheme for Surrender-cum-Rehabilitation of Militants in the North East States, 2018 of the Union Ministry of Home Affairs include a onetime financial grant of 4 lakhs rupees each. The amount is to be kept in a bank in their names as fixed deposit for a period of three years. They were also paid a monthly stipend of 6000 rupees per person additionally with incentives for surrendered weapons. The surrendered cadres will stay in a rehabilitation camp for three years.

UNI

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