No job for new underground recruits: CFMG chairman

Correspondent KOHIMA, DEC 2 (NPN) | Publish Date: 12/2/2019 11:42:52 AM IST

Amidst reports of the massive recruitment of cadres by various underground groups in the last two months, Ceasefire Monitoring Group (CFMG) chairman Lt Gen  (Retd) Shokin Chauhan has announced that the new recruits would not get jobs automatically, adding they would be subject to verification.

Addressing media persons at his office here on Monday afternoon, the chairman remarked that recruitment at this juncture was not a good idea. He explained that once the final agreement was in place, the armed cadres would be rehabilitated based on the number of years they had spent in the Naga struggle.

Chauhan cautioned parents that sending their children now to the armed groups could be “counter-productive” because joining an underground organisation now to get a job post solution would not happen. 

He appealed to the parents not to send their children to any group as, post solution, they would not get anything.

Informing the media that rehabilitation would take place based on the number of years they had served a group, he clarified that a group would not be able to claim benefits for a person who had jointed a month ago, unlike someone who had joined 15-20 years back. Pointing out that there was a laid-down process under which verification of cadres would take place, he said upon learning that there was no forced recruitment, he had conveyed to the groups that the children would not get jobs.

The CFMG chairman also advised the various factions not to recruit now because these new recruits would turn against them after not getting jobs, stressing a difference would have to be maintained between those who were in the movement for the last 15-20 years and those who had just joined.

He said when the 32 children were caught, none of their parents mentioned about forceful recruitment, thereby he could do nothing. He claimed of assuring the parents of doing everything after verification and that the truth would be known. 

Citing an instance, he said a 16-year-old would not have served in the movement for 15 years and did not have requisite skills. He specified, “There would be no jobs for such children joining the armed groups now.” To queries on the strength of various groups, Chauhan replied that the groups did not share the actual numbers of their cadres. 

On shutting down of camps, the CFMG chairman said when the ceasefire agreement was signed, a specified number of designated camps were given to each group. 

Mentioning that NSCN (I-M) had nine camps, NSCN (NK) three and NSCN (Khango) and NSCN (R) one each, he clarified that setting up camps was not included in the agreement and appealed to the various groups to stick to the ground rules and return to their camps. Asked how many camps were closed, he said it was the job of the State forces. He stressed that the laid-down rules must be followed.

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