Kupwara Ex-militants Feel ‘unsecure’12 April 2010
Srinagar: Days after government announced that 411 surrendered militants have benefited from rehabilitation policy in Jammu and Kashmir, the youth in north Kashmir who had taken to gun in early nineties but later on shunned the violence have casted aspersions on the policy. “411 surrendered militants have benefited from the revised state rehabilitation policy since 2004, Jammu and Kashmir” government said on Monday. Under the policy, the home ministry earmarked Rs2.88 crore as monetary incentives for surrendered militants. Mushtaq Ahmad, a surrendered militant residing in Kupwara district of north Kashmir told Press Bureau of India that the policy seems a ploy as they were not paid despite registration of their details. As per the policy, government was to provide jobs to those youth who had relinquished violence after taking to gun in early nineties in various security agencies, says Mushtaq, the over-aged youth. Besides, he said, the youth were to be provided monetary assistance. “However, after the announcement, different government agencies conducted a census type of surveys and recorded all our details but no body was paid so far,” he claimed. “Perhaps the aim of government was to collect information to create our data base,” he said. As per Mushtaq there were more than seven thousand former militants living only in Kupwara district. “We met District Commissioner Kupwara and apprised him about the issue but to avail,” he added. Mushtaq said that they also staged protest demonstration outside DC office. “We feel unsafe as to why security agencies collected our data,” adds Mushtaq. The deputy commissioner could not be contacted.