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Reformed rebels get insurance

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Ranchi, Dec. 26: The state government is trying to fulfil “promises” it made to surrendered Maoists to lure more Naxalites back into the mainstream.

Under the state’s Maoist rehabilitation programme, the government has completed formalities to cover 39 out of 58 Maoists, who gave up arms to begin life afresh, under an insurance policy.

ADG (special branch) Rezi Dungdung said, “Efforts are being made to insure the remaining 19 surrendered Naxalites as early as possible under the surrender policy.”

Police sources said those, who shunned the path of extremism after the formulation of the surrender-cum-rehabilitation programme in 2008, were being brought under Bima Bachat Yojna.

Special branch personnel, with the help of Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC) officials, have been doing necessary paper work for the last two weeks. While LIC officials are visiting jails to insure those who are currently serving time in prison, those who have already been released have been asked to report at the police headquarters in their respective districts.

Under the Bima Bachat Yojna, a beneficiary will receive Rs 5 lakh as sum assured at the end of the policy term of 15 years. This apart, a policyholder will receive four instalments of Rs 75,000 each after every three years.

Salomi Tuti, wife of Marshal Tuti — a former Bundu-Tamar area commander — who surrendered with arms on August 5, 2010, in Ranchi, said the insurance cover had given her a sense of security.

“After leaving banned outfits, my husband and people like him live under constant fear. This initiative will instil confidence in surrendered rebels,” she said.

Tuti’s aide Rampado Mahto, who surrendered in 2010, has also been covered under the policy.

“Formalities have been completed and now I am waiting for the policy bond,” Mahto, who was set on bail last year, said.

Police said after some initial glitches and delays, the government had taken up the programme seriously.

Under the state’s complete rehabilitation programme, a surrendered rebel is entitled to get a sum of Rs 2.5 lakh in three instalments and a compensation of Rs 3,000 per month. Further, the state will provide four decimal land and Rs 50,000 cash to build a house, free life-long medical facilities and ensure free education up to Class X for children of a “reformed” rebel.

Also, the government has promised an incentive for the marriage of their daughters, apart from free legal aid to help them come out of jail and the insurance policy.

Most of the rebels and their families feel, the insurance policy apart, the state has done little to help them get employment.

“My husband is in jail since he surrendered. So far, the government has failed to fulfil its promise of providing legal aid to facilitate his speedy release from the jail. Until he comes out of the prison and starts working as any other common man, this insurance cover would not help us much,” Salomi said.

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