No general amnesty to terrorists: Centre
J&K to get major chunk of Rs 10,132 Cr earmarked for internal security
TNN Bureau. Updated: 1/3/2018 12:12:30 AM

JAMMU: While it is receiving praises from one and all for its move of withdrawing police cases registered against the first time stone-pelters in Jammu and Kashmir, the Centre on Tuesday made it clear that it has no plans to give general amnesty to the terrorists in Valley or even to Maoists who give up violence and arms struggle.
Meanwhile, Jammu and Kashmir is slated to get a major chunk of over Rs 10,000 crore which the Centre has earmarked for internal security related expenditure in J&K besides Northeastern region and the Naxal-hit areas.
Both of these decisions were informed to Lok Sabha today.
Replying to a question on whether the government has any proposal for extending general amnesty, along with a lucrative rehabilitation package, to the Maoists and militants who give up violence and arms struggle, Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju denied any such proposal.
"There is no proposal for general amnesty to the militants," Junior Home Minister said in Lok Sabha.
The minister said the central government was following a multi-pronged strategy to deal with Left Wing Extremism and the situation in Jammu and Kashmir and Northeastern states.
The multi-pronged strategy comprises security-related measures and development-related initiatives.
"In Jammu and Kashmir and NE states, the central government is also following a policy of talks with those groups who abjure the path of violence and seek resolution of their demands peacefully within the framework of the Constitution of India," he said.
He said the central government has appointed representatives and interlocutors to hold talks with such groups.
The central government is supplementing the efforts of the state governments through various measures such as deployment of Central Armed Police Forces, financial assistance for strengthening of the state police forces and intelligence agencies, raising of India Reserve Battalions, rehabilitation package to those who surrender and other security- related expenditures, he said.
Meanwhile, over Rs 10,000 crore has been earmarked for internal security related expenditure in Jammu and Kashmir, Northeastern region and the Naxal-hit areas, union minister Hansraj Ahir said in Lok Sabha today.
The funds worth Rs 10,132 crore will be given in three years from 2017-18 till 2019-20 under the Rs 25,061 crore umbrella scheme of modernisation of police forces announced on September 27, he said during Question Hour.
The central outlay for the umbrella scheme is Rs 18,636 crore. Its salient features include special provisions for internal security, law and order, women security, availability of modern weapons, mobility of police forces and logistics support.
"Central budget outlay of Rs 10,132 crore has been earmarked for internal security related expenditure for Jammu and Kashmir and Left Wing Extremism affected states," he said.
Ahir said Rs 3,000 crore will be given to 35 worst Naxal affected districts to address the under-development there and an outlay of Rs 1,215 crore has been earmarked for the Northeastern states for police infrastructure upgradation, training institutions and investigation facilities among others.
"Implementation of this scheme would bolster the government's ability to challenges faced in different theatres such as areas affected by LWE, Jammu and Kashmir and the Northeastern region effectively and undertake development interventions which will catalyse in improving the quality of life in these areas and help combat these challenges effectively at the same time," he said.

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