Friday, June 27, 2008

Poor rehab hits naxal surrender policy

25 Jun 2008, 0352 hrs IST,TNN

NAGPUR: Lack of coordination among various state agencies has hit the rehabilitation of surrendered Naxalites in Gadchiroli district of Maharashtra, a top police official has said.

Launched in 2005, the much-publicised Naxal surrender policy has been successful to a limited extent. The policy has weaned away several youths from unlawful activities.

But poor implementation of various rehabilitation measures to bring outlawed extremists into mainstream has virtually defeated it. "The progress of entire (rehabilitation) process is quite slow,” said additional director general of police (anti-Naxal operations) Pankaj Gupta.

Since August 2005, 282 naxalites have surrendered in the state. About 118 naxalites gave up arms January and May this year. However, only 18 of them have been rehabilitated so far, said Gupta.

Police try to convince naxalites to give up arms and offer and necessary help in earning a livelihood. The focus is on providing them financial assistance for initiating self-employment in fields like dairy, fisheries, farming, horticulture, transport and tailoring.

The state government has spent over Rs 1.32 crore on giving cash awards to surrendered naxalites.

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