Govt plans to induct ex-UGs as unarmed police

IMPHAL,  21st Dec: To ensure their welfare and security, the state government is discussing to induct surrendered UG cadres as unarmed police in the Manipur Police Department, said chief minister N Biren during the question hour of Manipur Legislative Assembly on Friday.
In response to a question raised by MLA Kh Joykisan Singh, the CM, who is also in-charge of Home, informed the House that till date a total of 653 UGs have surrendered to the government. Facilities given to the surrendered for their rehabilitation include monthly stipend, one time financial assistance, incentives for surrendered weapons/ammunition and training in trade/vocation of their liking or befitting their aptitude. Biren informed that the one time financial assistance and monthly stipend has been enhanced to Rs 4 lakh and Rs 6000 respectively from Rs 2.5 lakh and Rs 4000 in the year 2012.
Regarding the killing of a surrendered UG cadre namely Soraisam Modhuchandra at Thangmeiband Cheirao Ching Makhong, he stated that Modhuchandra was on medical leave for two months. Security to UG surrendered cadres are provided at their respective rehabilitation centres but providing security to them beyond the centres will not be possible. Even attacks inside the secured centre have been witnessed due to influence of agents. The killing of Modhuchandra has been claimed by one UG group and the government will try to release the compensation amount of Rs 5 lakh to the victim’s family within this week if the same has not been given till date. Biren further stated that surrendered UG were recruited in police department by the previous government but due to their nexus with UG group(s), there was threat to the security personnel.
As such, the present government is holding discussion on recruitment of unarmed police personnel from among the surrendered UG cadres. The government is also discussing to recruit some sincere and faithful UG cadres as armed policemen after screening.
To another question raised by MLA S Bira Singh, Forest & Environment Minister Th Shyamkumar Singh informed the House that there are 251 (stag-63, doe-134 and calf-54) Sangai at present at Keibul Lamjao National Park. The government has taken up initiatives for preserving the Sangai by opening an anti-poaching camp and check post in coordination with Forest officials and local volunteers. The department has also set up rescue centre at Chingmei vilage along with organising awareness generation/capacity building and skill upgradation programme. To identify the exact boundary of the National Park, demarcation process has been started with revenue department, added the Minister.

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