225 ex-Maoist given jobs: Mamata

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225 ex-Maoist given jobs: Mamata

Kolkata, May 2 (IANS) West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday said as many as 225 Maoists who surrendered have been enrolled for employment as per state government norms.

“Our government issued notification for the surrender and rehabilitation of Naxalites (Maoists) with incentives, providing gainful employment and entrepreneurial opportunities, so that they become part of the mainstream,” Banerjee said.

The Trinamool Congress supremo said so far, in West Bengal, 328 Left Wing extremists have surrendered. This includes 111 Maoists in 2017 (till date).

“Already 205 surrenderers have been enrolled as Special Home Guards. Now, 11 more are being enrolled as Special Home Guards and another nine cases are in process. Thus, total of 225 surrenderers will be enrolled for employment till date,” she said.

“Apart from employment, surrendering Maoists get financial incentives as well as assistance for housing, medical and child education, as per norms set up by the government,” she added.

This is published unedited from the IANS feed.