31 UG cadres lay down arms before Govt


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Imphal, Nov 16 (DIPR)
A ‘homecoming ceremony’ for 31 cadres of different UG groups was held today at the Banquet Hall of 1st Battalion Manipur Rifles with Chief Minister N Biren Singh as chief guest.
The 31 cadres who surrendered to the State included 17 from KCP (PWG), 7 from PREPAK, 3 from KYKL and four from another outfit.
The cadres laid down arms before the Chief Minister, which consisted of one M16 rifle, one M4 carbine, one lathod gun, one single barrel rifle, seven .32 pistols, three .22 pistols and one 12 mm bore pistol along with five cartridges, three lathod shell, one IED and three live rounds.
Speaking at the occasion, N Biren welcomed the 31 cadres who had once left home and joined the UG groups for some reason and expressed words of appreciation on their coming back to the mainstream.
He continued that the North Eastern States including Manipur were earlier treated as regions with law and order and insurgency problems. However, with the coming of the BJP-led Government at the Centre under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah, certain political changes could be seen.
Various development works had been taken up across the region while restoring healthy relationships among different communities inhabiting the State, he added.
The Chief Minister maintained that the Central Government had come up with mission-oriented programmes to ensure that all citizens live together as one, leaving aside all differences.
He further stated that the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA), 1958, which was earlier lifted from seven Assembly segments, had also been lifted from the jurisdictions of another 15 police stations and continued that the State Government has been taking up various initiatives under the guidance of the Prime Minister to create a peaceful environment across the State.
Stating that the Government is opened to all forms of talk to bring back cadres of all UG groups to the mainstream, he reiterated the statement of the Union Home Minister that not a single bullet would be fired on those militants who want to return to normal lives and join the National mainstream and no FIR would be lodged against them unless they are involved in heinous crimes.
He continued that the State Government would always go by the Scheme of Surrender-Cum-Rehabilitation and also assured to provide possible assistance even after the rehabilitation period to earn their livelihood.
Biren appealed to the various security forces operating in the State to cooperate in the State Government’s effort to bring back members of UG groups to the mainstream so that more cadres would come out to surrender.
He also appealed to all active cadres of UG groups to come out and join the mainstream.
Power Minister Thongam Biswajit Singh, Works Minister Govindas Konthoujam, Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr Sapam Ranjan, Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Minister Leishangthem Susindro Meitei, MLAs, Chief Secretary Dr Rajesh Kumar, Director General of Police P Doungel, senior civil and police officials and senior officials of paramilitary forces also attended the programme, among others.
It may be mentioned that under the revised Scheme for Surrender-Cum-Rehabilitation of Militants in the North East States, 2018 of the Union Ministry of Home Affairs, rehabilitation benefits given to the surrendered cadres include a one-time financial grant of Rs 4 lakh to each surrendered cadre which is to be kept in a bank in their names as a fixed deposit for a period of three years, monthly stipends of Rs 6000 per person and incentives for surrendered weapons.
They will stay in a rehabilitation camp for three years.
Later, the Chief Minister visited the Marjing Polo Complex at Heingang and inspected the ongoing installation work of Sagol Kangjei Statue and development of Polo ground. He also inspected the construction of New Civil Secretariat buildings and its complex at Mantripukhri.
He was accompanied by Works Minister Govindas Konthoujam, Chairman, Planning and Development Authority Lourembam Rameshwor Meetei, MLA of Wangoi AC Khuraijam Loken Singh, MLA of Andro AC Thounaojam Shyamkumar, Commissioner (Works) T Ranjit Singh and other officials.