20 cadres of 4 armed groups surrender in Mnp

20 cadres of 4 armed groups surrender in Mnp
Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh poses for a group photograph with surrendered militants during a homecoming ceremony at 1st Manipur Rifles complex in Imphal. (PTI)
Correspondent IMPHAL, Mar 9 | Publish Date: 3/9/2021 12:54:16 PM IST

A total of 20 cadres of four different underground outfits laid down their arms before Manipur chief minister, in a homecoming ceremony held in Imphal.

Among the surrendered cadres, 16 were from Thadou People’s Liberation Army (TPLA), one each from PLA and PREPAK (Pro) and two from a major rebel group. 

They surrendered with one AK-56 Rifle, one M-15 Rifle, one MK-33 Rifle, one Uzi SMG, one Lathod gun, one Glock 19 pistol, six 9mm pistols, two .32 pistols, one .22 pistol and 75 assorted ammunitions.

The cadres surrendered before chief minister N Biren Singh during the homecoming ceremony held at the banquet hall of 1st Battalion Manipur Rifles, Imphal.

Addressing the occasion, the chief minister assured that his government would never disappoint the cadres who came out to join the mainstream.

He said that the state has now a comprehensive surrender cum rehabilitation scheme under which they would get different rehabilitation benefits.

Under the scheme, he said that the state government would definitely help them in leading a dignified life of having suitable means of livelihood.

The chief minister further reiterated the state government’s appeal to the armed groups to come to the negotiating table and join the mainstream, asserting that peace was very essential to achieve progress and development. 

He said that Manipur is now on the path of development with hundreds of youth contributing to economic growth through entrepreneurship in the past four years under BJP-led coalition government.

Singh claimed that all these were possible due to restoration of peace in the state. The chief minister said that Central government’s development policy has brought about a sea of change in the north-eastern region of the country. 

Prime Minister Narendra Modiji believes in the idea of strong ‘One India’ having equal development in all the states,” he said.

He added that the Central government under Modi’s leadership has been constantly working towards bringing northeast states at par with other States of the country.

“People of the region should acknowledge and appreciate it,” he added.

Many ministers, MLAs, top civil, police, paramilitary and army officers attended the occasion.

Meanwhile, the state home department stated that under the revised scheme for Surrender-Cum Rehabilitation of Militants, 2018, the Union ministry of home affairs, rehabilitation benefits given to the surrendered cadres in the northeast stated included a one-time financial grant of Rs four lakh to each cadre.

This grant will be kept in a bank in their (surrendered cadres’) names as fixed deposit for a period of three years. 

They will stay in a rehabilitation camp for three years during which they will be paid a monthly stipend of Rs 6,000 each. Incentives for surrendered weapons have also been provided.


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