Jammu And Kashmir Govt Calls For Hike In Ex-Terrorist Payout To Rs 6 Lakh For 10 Years

| April 6 , 2018 , 09:49 IST

The recent violence in Jammu and Kashmir has shown a disturbing trend of more locals turning to militancy. At the request of the Home Ministry to redraw the surrender-cum-rehabilitation policy in force since 2004 for locals resorting to extremism, the J&K government has proposed to raise the financial incentive for surrendering militants to Rs 6 lakh payable after a 10-year lock-in period.

The existing policy in Jammu and Kashmir offered Rs 1.5 lakh payable after 3 years, while in the north east region, insurgents are offered an incentive of Rs 4 lakh to be payable after 3 years. The new policy for militants in the 6 north-eastern states of Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Tripura and Arunachal Pradesh came into effect from April 1, 2018.

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According to a senior official in the central security establishment, the higher financial benefit of Rs 6 lakh along with Rs 4,000 interest payable per month for surrendering Jammu and Kashmir militants was considering the far higher levels of violence in the area, in comparison with the north east.

“The involvement of a third country (Pakistan) in sponsoring the violence in J&K further justifies the higher benefits,” said the officer.

“There are an estimated 150 local militants in the Valley. Obviously, not all will surrender. Only those willing to respond to appeals from their families to return, may step forward. Better terms of surrender will only facilitate this decision. Even if 10 militants were to surrender, it would mean lesser potential to create violence in J&K. While the extent of success of the new policy in terms of number of surrenders will only be known with time, having it in place will send out the message that the Centre and J&K government want to reach out to the ‘misguided’ youth,” said an officer.

However, local BJP leaders in Jammu and Kashmir objected to the proposed policy, claiming that it would “incentivise militants’ and had the potential to sap the morale of troops engaged in fighting terrorism in the state.