J&K draft of return policy for militants: Rs 6,000 stipend, jobs

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  1. Jammu & Kashmir(J&K) Government has proposed draft Reintegration Policy for militants to encourage them to give up arms and join mainstream.It is presently under pre-State Administrative Council (SAC) stage consideration.SAC is the body governing J&K,which is under President’s rule.It is led by Governor and includes four advisors and Chief Secretary.
  2. The features of draft policy are (a)It addresses need for rehabilitation at a policy level through two-pronged approach-reformative measures and opportunities of livelihood (b)It also has provision for monthly stipend of Rs 6,000 for militant who surrenders with view to encourage him to join the mainstream and (c)It will not cover militants found to have been involved in heinous crimes.
  3. The proposed policy is essentially a revised version of earlier initiatives but with a renewed focus on socio-economic re-integration.
  4. An earlier policy from 2010 had focused on ensuring the return of former militants from the state of J&K.It was for those who had taken up arms between January 1989 and December 2009 but later gave up insurgent activities due to a change of heart and are willing, to return to the state.
  5. In 2004 also,a “rehabilitation policy” was implemented.This policy had laid out provisions to provide vocational training for surrendered militants who wished to pursue trade,and a monthly stipend of Rs 2,000 for the first three years.