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Having achieved limited success in defeating the Maoists militarily, the government is now dangling attractive monetary rewards to those Naxalites who are willing to surrender with arms. The Centre has asked Maoist-affected states to draw surrender policies similar to the one announced by it about a year ago that includes a package of nearly Rs two lakh if the Naxalite comes with arms. The Central government’s policy gives each surrendered Naxalite an immediate grant of Rs 1.5 lakh, a Rs 3,000 monthly stipend during vocational training for upto three years and even monetary incentives for surrender of weapons, PTI reported Sunday. The Rs 1.5 lakh would be kept in a bank in the name of the surrendered ultra as a fixed deposit, which may be withdrawn by him or her after completion of three years, subject to good behaviour to be certified by the authorities designated for this purpose by the states concerned.
The Home Ministry has conveyed to Naxal-affected states that apart from continuing armed operations, they must address questions of poverty and economic deprivation, which apparently motivate many youths to join the extremist ranks. “A good and effective surrender and rehabilitation policy would definitely encourage many Maoist cadres to shun violence and surrender before the authorities. Therefore, it is absolutely necessary for each state to formulate one,” an official said.
The Maoist-affected states have been advised to examine the surrender and rehabilitation policies of the Central government and Northeastern states. The Home Ministry has also offered monetary incentives for surrender of weapons, which include Rs 15,000 for depositing one AK-47 or AK-56 or AK-74 rifle.Rs 25,000 will be Maoist guerrillas killed five policemen in a gunfight in India’s central state of Chhattisgarh on Sunday, a senior police officer told. Three of the men belonged to the elite Border Security Force paramilitary group and two were regular police officers, Chhattisgarh’s anti-Maoist operations chief Ramniwas, who only uses one name, told.
The clash took place in Kanker district, 175 kilometres (110 miles) south of the state capital Raipur. Kanker is the headquarters of a police jungle warfare school which trains security personnel in the government’s increasing efforts to tackle the Maoist insurgency.
Chattisgarh is a stronghold of the rebels, who killed 15 police officers in an attack in the state two months ago. Authorities in New Delhi launched an offensive last year to tackle the worsening insurgency, but since then the Maoists have hit back with a series of bloody strikes.