113 Maoists surrendered in three years: CM

Bhubaneswar: A total 113 Maoists, including seven couples have surrendered to Odisha police since 2009, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said today. Replying to a question in the House, Patnaik, who also holds the home portfolio, said the surrenders were made in 2009, 2010 and 2011. "Steps were taken to rehabilitate the surrendered Maoists according to the state government`s surrender and rehabilitation scheme, 2006."

While the district rehabilitation committees have accepted applications of 95 surrendered Maoists, 11 applications were not entertained, Patnaik said. However, Maoists surrendering now would get rehabilitation package as per the provision of Surrender and Rehabilitation Scheme – 2012. Under it a Maoist would get assistance upto Rs 2.5 lakh, besides Rs 25,000 for marriage, the chief minister said.

This apart, an ultra surrendering before the police was also entitled to get Rs 25,000 for purchase of homestead land, Rs 45,000 for building a house and Rs 25,000 more if he/she surrenders with arms. The new scheme has provision of financial assistance of Rs 2,000 per month for three years for surrendered Maoists and also Rs 3,000 per annum for education, he said.