September 7, 2009 8:12:35 pm
An immediate grant of Rs 1.5 lakh,monthly stipends during training and even monetary incentives for surrender of weapons are all there for the asking for the banned Naxals under a surrender-cum-rehabilitation policy approved by the Centre today.
The policy for the Naxal-hit states announced today was evolved by the Home Ministry as part of a multi-pronged strategy to bring the Maoists back into the mainstream in the backdrop of rising Naxal violence. Chattisgarh,Jharkand,Orissa,Andhra Pradesh and Bihar are among the states.
An immediate grant of Rs 1.5 lakh shall be kept in a bank in the name of surrendered ultra as a fixed deposit which may be withdrawn by him or her after completion of three years,subject to good behaviour to be certified by the authorities designated for this purpose by the states concerned.
This money can also be utilised as collateral security/margin money against loans to be availed of by the surrendered militant from any bank for self-employment.
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Persons eligible under the scheme may be imparted training in a trade/vocation of their liking or befitting their aptitude. They shall be paid a monthly stipend of Rs 2,000 each for a maximum period of 36 months.
However,if the surrendered extremist secures any employment in government or any gainful self-employment,the monthly stipend will be discontinued.
The Home Ministry has also offered money incentives for surrender of weapons which include Rs 15,000 for depositing one AK 47 or AK 56 or AK 74 Rifle.
Rs 25,000 will be given for each RPG/Sniper rifle,Rs 3,000 for one Pistol/Revolver,Rs 1,000 for a rocket,Rs 3,000 for a Remote Control Device,Rs 1,000 for IED,Rs 3,000 for one mine,Rs 20,000 for a SAM Missile and Rs 10,000 for a Satellite Phone. The guidelines are applicable to those Naxals who surrender with or without arms.
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