Incentives for Maoists for putting down arms

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has prepared a blueprint to give attractive economic incentives to Maoists to lay down their arms and join the mainstream. According to the MHA's proposal, each surrendered Maoist will get a onetime package of up to Rs.2.5 lakh, in addition to a monthly stipend of Rs.4,000 for three years. A bonus of upto Rs.25,000 will also be given for depositing sophisticated weapons. The proposal is awaiting clearance from the finance ministry.