Reiterating its stand on peace, the Centre has said that it is ready to sit for talks with militants from Northeast if they shun the path of violence. New Delhi has also rejected the proposal for providing general amnesty to the militants.
“There is no proposal for general amnesty to the militants. In J&K and NE 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,” Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju said in the Parliament recently.
He said that the Central Government is following a multi-pronged strategy to deal with Left Wing Extremism (LWE) and situation in Jammu & Kashmir and North Eastern States. The multi-pronged strategy comprises Security-related measures and development related measures.
Central Government is supplementing the efforts of the State Governments through various measures such as deployment of Central Armed Police Forces, financial assistance for strengthening of the State Police Forces and intelligence agencies, raising of India Reserve Battalions, rehabilitation package to surrendered militants and other security related expenditures.
Officials in the Home Ministry said that the ministry reimburses expenditure incurred by the State Governments on the rehabilitation of surrendered militants and LWE cadres under Security Related Expenditure Scheme.
“Various grants and incentives are provided under this scheme including one-time grant, payment of monthly stipend, incentives for weapons and ammunition surrendered and vocational training to the surrendered militants for self-employment,” officials said.