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Designated camp, next destination of UALA militants

SHILLONG: The UALA cadres, who have joined the peace process, will be deemed to be surrendered cadres to facilitate the extension of appropriate rehabilitation package after the disbanding of the outfit, as per the Agreed Text of Settlement signed between the state government and UALA on December 18.
As per the agreement, the cadres will stay in the transit rehabilitation camp designated by the state government. Once they stay, they will abide by the ground rules framed for the conduct in such camps. While the routine administration of camps will be in the hands of state government, the nominated security forces will regulate the movement of cadres at the camps, according to the agreement.
The agreement said that on an agreed date, UALA will bring genuine cadres of the outfit at the designated camps along with weapons in their possessions and disband the organization.
“UALA should declare the cadre strength with actual names, aliases, ranks in the organizations, year of recruitment and complete address”, the agreement said.
Moreover, the verification of all such cadres and leaders will be done by the state authorities after disbanding.
UALA should declare its weapons, ammunition, explosives, combat stores and hand over them to the state government before disbanding.
The agreement stipulates that the cadres will be provided with various sorts of counseling in the camps to be followed by suitable rehabilitation package in terms of capacity building and sustainable livelihood programmes.
Another clause in the agreement is that UALA will be dealt with the provisions of existing schemes for surrender-cum-rehabilitation package in the Northeastern states as notified by political department on July 2, 2009.
The agreement also made it clear that the security forces will not launch operations against UALA if they abide by the agreement.
Moreover, the government will examine the status of all the criminal cases involving leaders   and cadres. “Such persons will be subjected to due process of law with regard to FIRs filed against them. However, non- heinous cases may be withdrawn with the approval of the competent courts”, the agreement said.

Salient Features of Agreement with UALA

lOn an agreed date, UALA cadres will disband outfit
lCadres will stay in the transit rehabilitation camp under scrutiny
lThe cadre strength should be submitted with actual names, aliases, ranks, year of recruitment and address
 lUALA should declare its weapons, ammunition, explosives, combat stores before Govt
lVerification of all cadres by state authorities after disbanding
lCadres to be provided with counseling, capacity building and sustainable livelihood programmes.
lRehabilitation package of Rs 2. 5 lakh per cadre and Rs 3,500 monthly stipend
lCriminal cases against cadres to be followed up as per FIRs
lNon- heinous cases to be withdrawn with the approval of the courts
lSecurity forces will not launch operations if UALA abides by agreement.

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