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Surrender policy to bring militants to mainstream: Governor

Arunachal government is actively considering a surrender policy for militants, even as 51 activists of various underground organisations surrendered in Tirap district in the past one year, Governor General (Retd) J J Singh said in his address at the assembly today.

india Updated: Mar 18, 2010 22:50 IST

Arunachal government is actively considering a surrender policy for militants, even as 51 activists of various underground organisations surrendered in Tirap district in the past one year, Governor General (Retd) J J Singh said in his address at the assembly today.

The policy aims towards making misguided boys and girls relinquish guns and join the mainstream, the Governor said.

Speaking on the implementation of development projects, he asked the members to ensure that these projects do not harm the environment.

"While we embark on mega-infrastructure projects, it is our duty to compensate for any loss of forest cover," the Governor said while referring to the fact that Arunachal has the second large forest cover in the country and is a mega biodiversity hotspot in the world.

"For reclaiming abandoned lands after 'jhum', government is promoting the unique 'Apna Van' plantation scheme by providing Rs 1,200 subsidy per hectare," he said.

During the current year the government proposes to re-generate almost 7095 hectares of forest under various schemes, he said.