June 15, 2014 1:30:39 am
In their campaign to help Naxals who have surrendered in setting up families, the Gadchiroli police have successfully carried out reverse vasectomies on 15 of them over the past seven months.
Two such Naxal couples are even about to become parents, but unfortunately one of the two men died of some ailment before he could enjoy parenthood.
Four more such operations are in the offing. All operations were conducted at Gadchiroli’s government hospital.
Naxal cadres have to undergo vasectomies to prevent conception. Most of the former Naxals who have benefited from this initiative are those who surrendered after 2013, according to police sub-inspector Digambar Patil of the Gadchiroli police. Among them are some who surrendered as couples after being tired of the wandering life in the jungles and having a strong desire to set up families, according to Patil.
The two couples who are on the verge of becoming parents are Chanda and Talware, and Lalsu and Kranti. Lalsu died a month ago following some ailment.
Meanwhile, the wrangling over residential land pattas for Naxals who have surrendered was resolved recently, with Collector Ranjit Kumar agreeing to give land to rehabilitate over 200 of them near Gadchiroli town. “A plot of 5.53 hectares has been allotted near the town for the lay-out for homes,” Patil added.
“We will also construct houses for them under Gharkul or Indira Awas Yojana,” Superintendent of Police Suvez Haq told The Sunday Express. “We have also given them ration cards, sewing machines to some and trying to secure employment for them too,” Haq said.
The matter had been stuck in red tape since 2007 after revenue officials refused to accept the government resolution issued by Home Ministry to the effect. They were insisting that the GR be issued by revenue department.
Asked about the delivery of promised aid to families affected by Naxal violence, Haq said, “The state has increased the amount from Rs 1 lakh to Rs 3 lakh. Apart from this, the Centre also makes its own contribution.”
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