2405 Militants Surrender In J&K; All Employed
15 August 2003
The Times of India
Jammu: 2405 militants have surrendered before security forces and J&K police after shunning the path of violence and terrorism. According to a report issued here by government of India it was revealed in the Rajya Sabha that a sizeable number of youths have given up the path of militancy in Jammu and Kashmir and settled down to lead a peaceful life. From 1991 to July, 2003 a total of 2405 militants have surrendered before security forces. This figure includes 85 militants who had surrendered between January and July this year. Giving this information in the House in a written reply the Minister of State for Home, I.D Swami said it is incorrect that these surrendered militants live without any source of income. Most of them are earning their livelihood by engaging themselves inpetty business or getting themselves employed in various private firms and enterprises. Minister revealed that August, 1995 Jammu and Kashmir government had announced a policy for surrender and rehabilitation of militants have been provided with employment-self-employment opportunities. Majority of them have been engaged as Special Police Officers (SPOs) under Jammu & Kashmir Police. Some of them were also recruited by BSF and CRPF. Rest were mostly rehabilitated under self- employment schemes.