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Meghalaya govt to provide rehab package to 38 more ex-ultras

SHILLONG: Government of Meghalaya has decided to extend rehabilitation package to 28 more cadres of disbanded ANVC (B) and 10 more cadres of UALA. The rehabilitation package was earlier extended to 363 ANVC cadres, 135 ANVC (B) cadres and 50 UALA cadres, an official communique informed.

In addition to the disbanded organisations, the state government has also provided rehabilitation package to the militants of various other outfits such as GNLA, HNLC and other smaller outfits which were covered as per the Rehabilitation Scheme.

Government is committed to rehabilitate the youth who had gone astray but had shunned the path of violence and have joined the mainstream. According to the scheme, after the surrender the former militants are kept in designated camps and are given counseling and skill training.

Church leaders and psychologists are also involved to counsel them and help their comeback to the mainstream. Government appeals to the misguided youths to shun the path of violence and return to mainstream. Due to these kind of schemes and due to the help extended by civil society organisations, Church leaders and people of Meghalaya, a large number of youths have surrendered to the police forces and are now leading normal life.

The security situation has improved all over the state and the youth have realised that the leaders of the militant organisations have their own agenda to pursue and it is futile to join such organisations.



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