After the recent controversy regarding the arrest of an alleged former militant Liyaqat Ali Shah,the Centre has started formulating a uniform surrender policy which will begin with standardisation of compensation for arms.
The Ministry of Home Affairs is soon expected to moot a proposal to bring uniformity in compensation for surrender of arms,said officials. Under the present system,Maoists are given a different amount if they surrender with sophisticated weapon like AK 56,LMG while rebels groups from the Northeast are paid under different rules.
According to the MHA,while a Maoist get Rs 35,000,a militant from the Northeast gets Rs 25,000 for a similar weapon. Militants in Jammu and Kashmir get Rs 25,000 for a sniper rifle and Rs 15,000 for an AK weapon.
Officials said though there is no immediate proposal to bring changes in surrender and rehabilitation policy involving Maoist,militants from the northeast and Jammu and Kashmir,they can propose same compensation when it comes to weapons. Besides weapons,the MHA will also include grenades,detonators,wireless set,SAT phones and explosive material. Under the present surrender policy,an amount ranging from Rs 500 to Rs 2,000 is provided by the Centre to rebels after their surrender.
On a uniform surrender policy,a senior MHA official said that there are several factors which need to be examined before devising a uniform policy. It is difficult in the present scenario as problems in Jammu and Kashmir have to be examined with other external factors while the one in the Northeast is purely internal, he added. However,he said that new policy framework will aim to achieve better understanding among states,police forces and intelligence agencies in implementing rehabilitation policies,which are integral to the governments counter-insurgency efforts. For this,the MHA will have a Central coordination mechanism to address cases like Shahs arrest.
MHA officials said that Shahs case is being probed by the National Investigation Agency. The NIA team has so far examined Shah in Tihar jail,beside seeking replies from the Delhi and J&K police. The team is trying to establish the sources of explosives seized by the special cell soon after the arrest.