In a bid to encourage more militants to surrender and shun the path of violence, the Centre has revised the stipend amount and fixed deposit for the surrendered militants in Northeast.
The new surrender scheme will come into effect from April this year.
Announcing this in the Parliament, Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju said the surrendered militants will be paid monthly stipend not exceeding Rs. 6,000 per month, for a period of 36 months and an immediate grant of Rs 4 lakhs will also be kept in a bank, in the name of each surrendered rebel as fixed deposit for a period of 3 years.
Incentive for surrendered weapons has also been revised.
“The Surrender Scheme has been modified to be more effective and will be effective from April 1, 2018,” Rijiju said in the Rajya Sabha.
The Government of India has been implementing such scheme for surrender-cum-rehabilitation of militants in the Northeast. 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.
Earlier, surrendered militants were 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 was kept in a bank in the name of each surrendered rebel as fixed deposit for a period of 3 years.
For last many years, cadres related to different militant organisations in the Northeast have shunned the path of violence and surrendered themselves before the security forces.