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SOURCE: API

The Assam government on Monday decided to offer Rs 1.5 lakh in financial assistance to 318 surrendered militants from six insurgent groups. For their rehabilitation, the United Gorkha People’s Organisation, Tiwa Liberation Army, KLF, Kuki National Liberation Army, United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA), and Dimasa National Liberation Army (DNLA) received financial assistance.

Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, who dispersed the cheques at a programme here, said that these people had joined the mainstream by dismissing the path of violence.

Chief Minister Sarma asserted that, while just 11 members of the DNLA initially surrendered, the entire group is now involved in peace talks with the state and central governments.

“I hope we can get the ULFA on board someday.” I encourage ULFA military chief Paresh Baruah to participate in the peace process. We can rebuild Assam and move forward on the development path through dialogue, not bloodshed,” he said.

In the last 18 months, the state government, as per Sarma, has facilitated the rehabilitation of 6,780 members of various insurgent groups.

“Today in Assam, it is clear that no community or people support violence and division among people.” Under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah, peace has returned to Assam and the Northeast,” the chief minister added.