TURA, July 05: The political secretary of the now disbanded ANVC – Breakaway, Dogamdot Rangra, has sought a parity in the disbursal of rehabilitation packages to be given to surrendered and disbanded militants, following the announcement by the centre.
On February 7 this year, the centre had announced a rehabilitation package of Rs 4 lakhs along with a stipend of Rs 6000 for 3 years for all those who came over ground. The package was announced for all militant groups from the North East.
“We request the government of Meghalaya to incorporate the announcement made by the Government of India for all those surrendered militants that have come to the mainstream. The package needs to be the same for all, be it the ANVC, ANVC (B), GNLA, HNLC, GNLA, ANLA, ANCA, ASAK, LAEF or ULFA,” said Rangra.
The former militant argued that the GOI’s announcement was meant for all and needed to be heeded the same way.
“We are struggling to live our lives and put meals on the table on a daily basis. This struggle has continued. The support of the government in helping us live normal lives is hugely welcome and as such the package announced by GOI needs to be taken into account. An early processing of the packages would be hugely welcome for all us,” added the former political secretary.
Rangra further expressed his hope that the government would take the process seriously for all their sake.