Home Ministry Official In Srinagar To Discuss Militant Rehab

Home Ministry Official In Srinagar To Discuss Militant Rehab

10 May 2011
Times of India
M. Saleem Pandit

Srinagar: A top home ministry official met senior Jammu & Kashmir officials to discuss the state government's rehabilitation policy for former militants stranded in PoK on Tuesday. The state government announced the policy last year and has received over 600 applications from former militants wishing to return home. They would be allowed to return only if they shun violence and granted amnesty besides financial assistance. Officials said Joint Secretary (Kashmir affairs) K Sakandan met chief secretary Madhav Lal and J&K police chief Kuldeep Khoda among other senior senior officials at Srinagar's civil secretariat. Sources said the state officials briefed Sakandan on the applications received . 'He (Sakandan) told them to expedite the process of verification of militants wishing to return. Sakandan told state officials that militants ready to join mainstream should be given a chance on priority to return,' a source said.


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