IMPHAL: Altogether, 20 cadres from four different outfits today laid down their arms and ammunitions in Manipur. The cadres will now be rehabilitated under the surrender-cum-rehabilitation scheme.
A homecoming ceremony was organized at the Banquet Hall of 1st Manipur Rifles Complex, Imphal where the cadres surrendered their weapons in the presence of Manipur Chief Minister N. Biren Singh.
Calling it as the Government of Manipur's breakthrough in its effort to bring peace to the State, CM Singh tweeted, "In another major achievement of our BJP led Government, altogether 20 militants from different proscribed outfits have surrendered with arms and ammunition to the Government at a homecoming ceremony held at the Banquet Hall of 1st Manipur Rifles Complex, Imphal, today."
Reportedly, of the surrendered cadres, 16 belong to the Thadou People's Liberation Army (TPLA), two from the United Liberation Front (UNLF), one from the People's Liberation Army (PLA), and one is from People's Revolutionary Party of Kangleipak (PREPARK).
The surrendered arms and assorted ammunitions includes- AK-56 Rifle, M15 rifle, MK33 rifle, SMG, lathode, Glock 19 pistol, 06.9mm pistols, .32 pistols and a .22 pistol.
Assuring the surrendered cadres that all possible help will be provided by the state government including their rehabilitation and assisting them in leading a dignified life with better livelihood means.
The surrendered cadres will be benefitted under the revised scheme for Surrender-Cum-Rehabilitation of militants in the Northeast states, 2018 of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA). As per the scheme they will be provided with one-time assistance of Rs 4 lakh each and a monthly stipend of Rs 6,000 each during their stay in rehabilitation camps for three years.
Singh further informed that the surrendered cadres will be provided with job-oriented skill development training that will help them become self-reliant to led a dignified life.
While stating the homecoming as a positive sign for the state towards a peaceful existence, the CM urged other insurgents to lay down their arms and return to the mainstream.
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