The Arunachal Naga Students’ Federation has pleaded Chief Minister Pema Khandu to come up with a surrender and rehabilitation policy for the youth who joined outlawed forces, enabling them to return to mainstream. The ANSF in a memorandum submitted to Khandu said with over 500 Naga youth in the state joining the outlawed forces, the policy can be used as a platform for them to return to the mainstream. It has also urged that a paramedical college to be set up in one of the Naga-inhabited districts of Tirap, Changlang and Longding so that youngsters cam be engaged in professional courses and stay away from outlawed forces, ANSF president Nokchai Boham said from New Delhi.
The ANSF has been demanding a surrender and rehabilitation policy similar to the one existing in Assam since 1998. “The scheme should ensure that militants who have surrendered, do not stray back into insurgent groups,” the ANSF said. “Tirap, Changlang and Longding are all development deprived districts in the state and the youth joined outlawed groups mostly out of frustration. This needs to end,” Boham said in the memorandum. The ANSF leaders will also meet Defence minister Arun Jaitley and Home minister Rajnath Singh to press for their demands.