The Central Government is following a multi-pronged strategy to deal with the left wing extremism and situation in the north-eastern states and Jammu & Kashmir, said Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, Kiren Rijiju in a written reply in Lok Sabha on Tuesday.
“The multi-pronged strategy comprises security related measures and development related measures,” said the Union Minister responding to a starred question. “In Jammu & Kashmir and the north-eastern states, the Central Government is also following a policy of talks with those groups who abjure the path of violence and seek resolution of their demands peacefully within the framework of the Constitution of India.”
The Government of India has appointed representatives/interlocutors to hold talks with such groups, the Union Minister replied responding to the question on the government’s policy to peacefully put an end to insurgency and Naxalism in the country by Manipur’s Lok Sabha MP Dr Thokchom Meinya of the Congress party, according to a press communiqué which was emailed to NE NOW.
Rijiju also informed the Central Government is supplementing the efforts of the state governments through various measures such as deployment of central armed police forces, financial assistances for strengthening of the state police force and intelligence agencies, raising of Indian Reserve Battalions, rehabilitation packages to surrendered militants and other security related expenditures.
On a further question of any proposal for extending general amnesty along lucrative rehabilitation packages to militants who give up violence and arms struggle, he replied that there is no proposal for general amnesty to the militants.
Ministry of Home Affairs reimburses expenditure incurred by the state governments on the rehabilitation of surrendered militants cadres under security related expenditure scheme, the Minister added in the written reply.
Various grant/incentives are provided under the scheme including one time grant, payment of monthly stipend, incentives for weapons ammunitions surrendered and vocational training to the surrendered militants for self-employment.