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J&K rehabilitation package for former militants in PoK

Jammu and Kashmir government has given green signal to a rehabilitation policy for the former militants who crossed over to the other side of the Line of Control. The Congress party, an ally in the present Jammu and Kashmir government, opposed Omar’s rehabilitation policy following stiff opposition from BJP in the state as the BJP attacked the coalition by saying that the rehabilitation policy was aimed at appeasing the anti-national elements. As per the notification of the state government, the rehabilitation policy has been approved to streamline and facilitate the return of former militants who crossed over to PoK for training and now they wish to return to Jammu and Kashmir due to change of hearts. Although the exact figure of these youth is not known, it is expected to be under 1000. Those who have gone to Pok/Pakistan between 1 January 1989 and 31 December 2009 and their dependents will be eligible for consideration under the policy. Even though the rehabilitation policy has been okayed by the state cabinet and the Union home ministry, the state congress has some doubts which it wants to be considered. Jammu and Kashmir Congress wants that on their return they all should be minutely scrutinised by various agencies to make sure that these youth have finally given up gun and want to join the mainstream

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-31 December 2010 on page no. 19

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