STAFF REPORTER IMPHAL, 7th Feb:
Union minister of state for home affairs Kiren Rijiju Wednesday said that the Scheme for Surrender cum Rehabilitation of Militants in the North East has been revised with enhanced financial assistance to bring the UG cadres into the mainstream.
Replying to posers raised by BJP MP K Bhabananda in the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday, Kiren Rijiju informed that the objective of the scheme is to wean away the misguided youths, who have strayed into the fold of militancy and bring them to the mainstream. Under the scheme, surrenderees were used to be paid monthly stipend not exceeding Rs 3,500 per month for a period not more than 36 months and an immediate grant of Rs 1.5 lakh, which is kept in a bank in the name of each surrendered cadres as fixed deposit for a period of 3 years. They are also given incentive for surrendered arms/weapons.
In 2012, a special scheme for Manipur was formulated to encourage militants to surrender and join the mainstream. The scheme was effective from December 1, 2012 for 3 years and lapsed on November 30, 2015. The special features of this scheme were immediate grant of Rs 2.50 lakh to be kept in a bank in the name of the surrendered UG cadre as fixed deposit for a period of three years and monthly stipend of Rs 4000 for a maximum period of 36 months.
Recently, the scheme has been modified to be more effective and will be effective from April 1, 2018. As per the revised scheme, the surrenderees will be paid monthly stipend not exceeding Rs 6,000 for a period of 36 months and an immediate grant of Rs 4 lakh, which is to be kept in a bank, in their respective name as fixed deposit for a period of 3 years. Incentive for surrendered weapons has also been revised, he added.
In reply to another question, Rijiju said that an Indo-Myanmar Border Committee was constituted in MHA to streamline implementation of existing Free Movement Regime (FMR). The committee was inter-alia tasked to prepare Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) and uniform guidelines on FMR for all stakeholders so that inimical elements, criminals, contrabands are filtered at the border without causing inconvenience to genuine citizens. The committee has recently finalised its report and the same has been forwarded to all stakeholders for its implementation.