Shillong: Leader of Opposition Mukul Sangma today asked the state government to release the rehabilitation package to surrendered cadres of the Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) and other outfits.
Taking part in the short duration discussion, Sangma said, “I was once confronted by the aggrieved members of the then GNLA who had agreed to accept the offer of the government, to withdraw themselves from the then terror organization and be a part of the government’s rehabilitation package wherein they were advised and encouraged to take advantage of the government’s policy and schemes and assimilate themselves with the national mainstream and be part of the growth story of the state and contribute effectively.”
He said there was a programme initiated by the state government in addition to the rehabilitation package which was offered based on the tripartite agreement by the Government of India, the state government and the then ANVC.
However, a separate programme was made by the state government in order to reach out to all those youths who were members of the militant organizations, including the GNLA.
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“I was made to understand that quite a number of these surrendered cadres who agreed to come and be part of this programme had not received the kind of support that was expected,” Sangma said adding “I would like the government to look, review and ensure that whatever is required to be completed in regards to completion of this whole package to the members of the different outfits must be completed.”
Expressing concern over the delay in filling up the vacant posts in the police force, Sangma said the department is affected by a lack of manpower.
“This is because the government has delayed in the recruitment process which amounts to not only creating a sense of lack of trust but also depriving the job seekers. I would like to express my sense of disapproval to this attitude of the government which resulted in the delay,” he said.
He said the maximum spaces of jobs that are made available are in the police organization and in the Education department.