Nepal`s Maoists who took VRS to be relieved soon
Last Updated: Saturday, January 28, 2012, 21:55
  
Kathmandu: Over 7,000 combatants of the UCPN-Maoist, who opted for rehabilitation, will start leaving the cantonments from Monday as per the directives of the Special Committee for Integration and Rehabilitation of Maoist combatants.

The Special Committee yesterday directed its Secretariat to initiate the process of bidding farewell to those Maoist combatants who have chosen to retire voluntarily within three days, said Nepali Congress leader and member of the Special Committee Ram Sharan Mahat.

Out of a total 19,000 Maoist ex-combatants confined in seven cantonments across the country 7,365 fighters who have chosen retirement scheme are entitled to get NRs 500,000 to NRs 800,000 based on their ranks and services in People's Liberation Army.

Those combatants who are wishing to join the national army will be provided a bridge course for integration into the security forces.

The rehabilitation and integration of the combatants is the major task of the six-year long peace process. After the voluntary retirement, the process of integration of the Maoist combatants into security forces should begin as quickly as possible, Mahat pointed out.

"The peace process has been delayed by the Maoists. If the process to release and integrate the Maoist fighters fails to gain momentum by mid-February, the state's liability for them should be terminated," he said.

The government has been providing allowances to the Maoist combatants for the past six years.

PTI


First Published: Saturday, January 28, 2012, 21:55


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