Centre asks states to ensure surrender of Naxals

The Centre has asked the Naxal- affected states to intensify their efforts to ensure surrender of the extremists and offer them attractive rehabilitation policy.

New Delhi: The Centre has asked the Naxal- affected states to intensify their efforts to ensure surrender of the extremists and offer them attractive rehabilitation policy.

As part of its plan, the Home Ministry on Thursday conveyed to the Chhattisgarh government to intensify its initiative for surrender of Maoists, particularly those operating in remote Bastar region.

Similar directives are also being given to Odisha, Jharkhand and Maharashtra governments as the Home Ministry feels that a large number of Maoist cadre are disillusioned with the CPI(Maoist) leadership.

"If we can offer attractive rehabilitation policy, we can certainly ensure surrender of a large number of Naxal cadres," a Home Ministry official said.

According to the Central government's surrender-cum- rehabilitation policy for Left Wing Extremism, a surrendered higher-ranking Naxal leader gets Rs 2.5 lakh and middle and lower level cadres Rs 1.5 lakh as an immediate grant besides Rs 4,000 per month for 36 months.

All states have their independent surrender and rehabilitation policy.

Recently, the Maharashtra government has increased financial assistance for Naxalites across all cadres. The top cadres of Central committee, politburo and regional committees were earlier offered amounts ranging between Rs 4 lakh and Rs 10 lakh. These have been increased to Rs 20 lakh for members of politburo, Rs 18 lakh for Central committee member and Rs 16 lakh to regional bureau member.

The Maharashtra government has also decided to offer Rs 18-15 lakh to the members of state committees and special zonal outfits.

The surrendered Naxals are offered to these financial incentives to help them start mainstream life.

Home Ministry officials said many of the Naxals in Chhattisgarh prefer to go to Andhra Pradesh for surrender as the state government is proactive in ensuring surrender and provides proper rehabilitation to the extremists.

"80 per cent of the Maoist cadre who surrender in Andhra Pradesh belong to Chhattisgarh," an official said.

Till August 15, 2014, 260 Naxals had surrendered in Andhra Pradesh. A total of 280 Naxals had surrendered in Andhra Pradesh in 2013.

So far, in Chhattisgarh, only 75 Naxals have surrendered, 56 had surrendered in Odisha and 16 in Jharkhand.