Kolkata: The West Bengal government today
announced a special package to bring Maoists back to the
mainstream under a `Special Rehabilitation Scheme` formulated
by the Centre.
Announcing the package, West Bengal Chief Secretary
Ardhendu Sen told reporters that the state government would
implement the surrender-cum-rehabilitation package for those
who surrender arms and agree to join the mainstream.
"The cases of persons now in police custody will be
reviewed. Persons who have minor charges against them may, as
a special gesture, be released on bail," he said.
The surrendered cadres would be kept under watch after
their release and they will be appropriately helped in
rehabilitation if they maintain good conduct, Sen said.
He said there are indications that some Naxalites might
surrender and the district administration had been given
necessary instruction in this regard.
About 400 to 500 persons in the Maoist zone, comprising
districts of West Midnapore, Bankura and Purulia, had been
arrested in the last one year, he said.
A special cell would be created in the West Midnapore
DM`s office for planning and implementing the special package
of development schemes in the district.
In Bankura and Purulia, a senior officer would be
specially entrusted for the job.
The government is committed to socio-economic development
of backward areas in the state, particularly the Maoist-
affected areas, Sen said.
Special attention would be paid for implementation of
normal schemes of various departments including flagship
schemes in the areas, Sen said.
Several special schemes would also be implemented for
focused development of the affected blocks in West Midnapore,
Bankura and Purulia districts and for improvement of economic
condition in areas where Intensive Tribal Development Project
(ITDP) is being implemented, he said.
Girl students of class IX and XII would be provided with
bicycles to continue their studies.
Two central hostels would be set up one at Jhargram and
the other at Midnapore for tribal boys and girls and the
capacity of the existing hostels would be increased, Sen said.
The polytechnic institute and the ITI at Jhargram would
be upgraded, while computer and vocational training centres
would be set up to create self-employment opportunities.
Five Rural Piped Water Supply Schemes would be
commissioned in each of these blocks, he said.