Formulate a new surrender and rehabilitation policy for militants: MHA tells State Govt

New Delhi: Ministry for Home has asked the state government to formulate a new surrender and rehabilitation policy for militants.

“The policy will provide them with economic rehabilitation and suitable training to run their own business and it will enable them to return to mainstream and lead a dignified life,” said an MHA official.

The official also informed that on their advise, the Jammu Kashmir Government on November 23, 2017 had announced an Amnesty scheme for students and youth who were involved in incidents of stone-pelting for the first time.

“Under this scheme nearly 3,685 students have got relief so far. More than 9,000 students are likely to be covered under this scheme,” he added.

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The official said that this humanitarian step has been aimed at giving such youth/students another chance to rebuild their career without any stress of being labeled as ‘criminals’ for the rest of their lives.

Home Ministry has now further advised Government of Jammu and Kashmir to constitute a high level committee headed by an officer of the rank of DG/ADG to review remaining cases of stone-pelting against students and other youth.

“MHA is of the view that stone-pelting cases of non-grievous nature against the students and other youth should be closed/withdrawn so that they get a chance to focus on their study and pursue their career without any psychological pressure.”

The MHA has also advised Jammu Kashmir government to form an advisory board to redress the problems faced by Kashmiri migrants, displaced persons of Pakistan administered Kashmir and Chhamb and West Pakistan refugees.

“The old and dilapidated Migrant camps for Kashmiri Pandits at Jagati and Talwara will be repaired and renovated,” the MHA official said.

(With inputs from CNS)

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