Jharkhand amends Naxal Surrender Policy

The amended policy envisages free education in private institutions to reformed Maoists and their wards, with certain conditions

Ranchi: In order to lure hard core cadres of the left wing extremists into national mainstream, the Jharkhand Government has revised its existing Naxal Surrender Policy to provide conditional free education in private institutions to reformed Maoists and their wards.

So far, the policy allows only the surrendered Maoist cadres to get education in the government institutions only.

The revised surrender policy envisages provision for allowing the surrendered Maoists to get education upto the age of 24 years or upto graduation. For women Naxals, it would be till the age of 24 or graduation or their marriage.

Pandey said the policy, however, is extended to only such private institutions having a monthly tuition fee of not more than Rs 1,000.

Scores of Maoists have surrendered in Jharkhand since the State government announced one of the best surrender policies in the country.

As per the redone policy, leftwing extremists, who give up arms, would get Rs 50,000 immediately, besides benefits like a plot, healthcare, education for their children in government institutions and money on weapons they deposit with the police

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