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Madhya Pradesh Cabinet Approves Maoist Surrender, Rehabilitation Policy 2023

The Madhya Pradesh cabinet, under the leadership of Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, has given the green light to the Maoist Surrender, Rehabilitation-cum-Relief Policy 2023. This policy aims to integrate voluntarily surrendered Maoists into mainstream society and provide support to families affected by their actions. The policy focuses on offering employment and entrepreneurship opportunities to surrendered individuals.

Compensation measures include Rs 1.5 lakh for housing construction, Rs 10,000 to Rs 4.5 lakh for surrendering arms, Rs 50,000 for marriage incentives, immediate needs assistance of Rs 5 lakh for property purchase, and Rs 20 lakh for immovable property acquisition. Vocational training will also be provided with a compensation of Rs 1.5 lakh. Families of surrendered Maoists will benefit from the Ayushman Bharat Yojana and Food Assistance Scheme.

The policy also allocates Rs 15 lakh for victims’ families in cases of citizen death due to violence, Rs 20 lakh for deceased security personnel’s families, and Rs 4 lakh for physical disability cases. Deceased citizens’ families will receive a class III or IV job, while property damage due to Maoist violence will receive compensation of up to Rs 1.5 lakh for complete damage and Rs 50,000 for partial damage. Additionally, allowances for police department officers and employees will increase, and dearness relief for state government pensioners and family pensioners will be raised from July 1, 2023, incurring an estimated expenditure of Rs 410 crore for the state government.