New Delhi: More than
260 Kashmiri ex-militants have returned to India via Nepal in the
past three years from 2010 till April 10, 2013, parliament was
Minister of State for Home R.P.N. Singh told the Lok Sabha, in
answer to a question, that 262 former militants have returned. The
Jammu and Kashmir government has received a total of 1,094
applications from prospective returnees so far, and of these 422
applications have been cleared by all the agencies and recommended
by the committee, he said.
The state government has "notified the policy procedure for return
of ex-militants from POK (Pakistan-occupied Kashmir) to J&K
through an order dated Nov 23, 2010."
"As part of this policy, a joint check post at Wagah (Attari),
Salamabad, Chakan-da Bagh crossing on the Line of Control (that
divides the two Kashmirs) besides the Indira Gandhi International
Airport have been routes for former militants who cross over, but
have given up militant activities due to change of heart and are
willing to return to the state," he said in a statement.
No ex-militant has been able to access the designated routes so
far, he said.
As per the policy of 2010, the returnee "will not be entitled to
any special benefits".
"However, the policy stipulates for training in suitable trades or
skills in ITIs or other training institutions in order to enable
their re-integration into society," he added.