Ranchi: Chief Minister Hemant Soren today handed appointment letters to five former Naxalites including two women while announcing to recruit them directly into the state police force at a function held at Srikrishna Lok Prashashan Sansthan. He also gifted utensil sets to the kin of 30 former Naxalites as Deepawali gift on the occasion.
In his address, Soren said the state government had increased the rehabilitation assistance amount of Rs 3000 to Rs 5000 given to Naxalites for surrendering before the police. Annual education grant is also being given to the children of such persons, he said.
The CM said the state government had taken an unprecedented decision to hand over the responsibility of safeguarding the law and order of the state to former Naxalites who were youths deviated from their path and who wanted to join the social mainstream. He said the decision would prove to be a milestone for the state government. He asked the youths to motivate more and more youths who had deviated from the right path.
The CM further said that Naxalites were not born terrorists. Unemployed and misguided youths often adopted wrong ways in life to become Naxalites, he said. He said efforts were being put in by the state government to provide job oriented training to such youths in the open jails of the state.
Soren also made several key announcements on the occasion. He said the Cabinet had given approval to road projects worth Rs 790 crore. He said the Dumka Sadar Hospital will be run by Tata Steel.
Many senior police officials of the state including ADG headquarters KS Meena were present during the function.