J&K Govt Okays Rehab Policy For Militants
1 February 2004
The Times of India
Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir government has approved the much-awaited rehabilitation policy to facilitate the return of militants to the mainstream. The scheme, which has been cleared by the Central government, was cleared on Saturday by a state cabinet headed by deputy chief minister Mangat Ram Sharma. Under the scheme, a surrendered militant will be able to withdraw a rehabilitation incentive of Rs 1.50 lakh after spending three years of normal life. Further, a monthly stipend of Rs 2,000 will be paid to the surrendered militant. The policy also envisages vocational training for self-employment at specified centres. This facility will be provided free of cost. According to the Jammu and Kashmir chief secretary, those involved in heinous crimes will not be entitled to the benefits of the scheme. The scheme will also not help militants who surrendered under the 1995 surrender policy, amended in 1997, but joined the ranks again later. The government will, however, consider youths who had crossed the border and wanted to return home to lead a normal life. However, they won't be provided all the incentives.