Naxalites recruiting young children in cadres

New Delhi: Naxalites are regularly recruiting young children in their cadres known as 'Bal Dasta'.

"As per available inputs, CPI (Maoist) recruit young children from time to time. Such children squads are known as 'Bal Dasta' and 'Bal Sangham'," Minister of State for Home Affairs Ajay Maken told Lok Sabha in a written reply.

Maken also informed the House that government has revised the surrender and rehabilitation guidelines in Naxal-hit areas.

"In order to bring Naxalites into the mainstream, the states have their own surrender and rehabilitation policies. Government has approved revised guidelines for surrender-cum-rehabilitation of Naxalites in the Maoist-hit states which inter alia provides for an immediate grant of Rs 1.5 lakh, a stipend of Rs 2,000 for three years, vocational training and incentives for surrender of weapons," he said.

State governments deal with the various issues related to Naxalite activities in the states. The Central government supplements their efforts over a wide range of schemes, both on security and development fronts, Maken added.