Updated 28 Jul 2022, 1:35 pm
Manipur Chief Minister N Biren on Wednesday announced that the present state government is committed towards ending insurgency-related issues in the state within the next three-four years.
Biren was addressing the homecoming ceremony that was held in connection with cadres of Liberation Tigers of Tribals (LTT) surrendering before the government at 1st Manipur Rifles Banquet Hall in Imphal on Wednesday.
As many as 12 LTT cadres, including its chairman, deputy chairman and the army chief laid down arms and surrendered themselves before the government.
The surrendered weapons include one M16 Rifle, two AK56 rifles, one .22(point 22) rifle, one double barrel gun, one carbine, two 9mm pistols, one lathode gun, one Chinese hand grenade and one handheld walkie-talkie set.
At the event, Biren appreciated the cadres on their voluntary homecoming to the mainstream, expressing that the cadres now have faith in the Indian Constitution and the governance under Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Biren said that taking up arms is not a solution to the problems faced by the people of the state and appealed to all those who are waging war against the government to come forward for a peaceful dialogue.
The chief minister recalled that Union Home Minister Amit Shah during his visit to Manipur had openly promised not to register any FIR or file any lawsuit against militants who surrendered before the government if they are not involved in any heinous crimes.
Biren instructed the paramilitary forces, army and police to keep the Union Home Minister’s commitment to encourage more cadres of militant groups to join the mainstream.
The chief minister maintained that there should not be any complication in the procedures to be followed for UG groups coming to the mainstream, adding that the state government had opened up a single window facility to facilitate UG groups in coming back.
Biren also instructed the chief secretary and director general of police to disburse the rehabilitation benefits to be given to the homecoming cadres in a time-bound manner to convey a positive message to other militant groups.
The surrendered cadres will stay in a rehabilitation camp for three years, the chief minister said.
Under the Revised Scheme for Surrender-Cum Rehabilitation of Militants in the North East States, 2018 of the Union Ministry of Home Affairs, rehabilitation benefits to be given to the surrendered cadres included a one-time financial grant of Rs 4 lakh to each surrendered cadre. The financial grant is to be kept in their respective bank accounts as a fixed deposit for a period of three years. A monthly stipend of Rs 6,000 per person and incentives for surrendered weapons will also be provided.
Cabinet ministers, MLAs, chief secretary, director general of police, and top civil, police and military officials attended the Homecoming Ceremony.
First published:27 Jul 2022, 3:47 pm
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