IMPHAL, June 19 - Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh on Monday said that those militants who have surrendered four years back would be allowed to stay at their respective homes.
Stating that the government will provide skill development programmes to the surrendered militants which would enable them to find sustainable means of livelihood, the Chief Minister said the programmes, to be provided free of cost, would be started from June 30.
Singh was speaking to media persons during a homecoming ceremony of a leader of armed group Kangleipak Communist Party (Lamphel group) at CM�s Secretariat here today.
He lauded the surrendered commander of the group for joining the mainstream after expressing faith in the new government in the State.
He also lauded the bold step taken by the commander to shun violence and to join the path of peace and prosperity.
The surrendered ultra has been identified as Soraisam Modhuchandra Singh alias SM Meitei (45). He joined the group in 2003. He deposited two 9mm pistols with magazines and nine live rounds. The ceremony was attended by DGP LM Khaute, Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Dr J Suresh Babu and other top ranking police officials.
On the issue of proposed tripartite talk with United Naga Council, he said that two Ministers, viz., V Hangkhalian and Th Radheshyam have been assigned to represent the State Government in the talks. The Ministry of Home Affairs has been intimated. Another Manipur Minister is likely to assist the State team at the talks, he added.