Chhattisgarh’s New Anti-Naxal Policy

| Updated: March 18, 2023 5:42 pm

An additional Rs 20 lakh for the purchase of agricultural land for the families of policemen killed in battle with Naxalites, government jobs on compassionate grounds for the kin of civilian victims of Naxal violence, and an additional Rs 5 lakh for surrendered Naxalites carrying a reward of Rs 5 lakh or more.

These provisions are part of the new comprehensive ‘Naxal Eradication Policy’ approved by the Chhattisgarh cabinet led by Chief Minister Bupesh Baghel on Friday, according to a senior government official.

Additionally, officials said that, while the state has a Naxal surrender and rehabilitation policy and provisions for compensation in case of Naxal violence, this is the first time an extensively documented policy has been brought out. 

Based on the state’s three-pronged strategy of “development, trust and security”, the new policy addresses targets and works under various government departments including education, health and employment in strife-torn areas, the state official said.

Naxalites will get immediate assistance of Rs 25,000 at the time of surrender, according to policy.

An active Naxalite with a reward of Rs 5 lakh or more on his or head will be given an additional Rs 10 lakh on surrender – this money will be in addition to the reward amount declared on them and the compensation payable for handing over their weapon).

This additional amount of Rs 10 lakh will be kept in a fixed deposit in a bank and the interest earned on it will be given to the surrendered Naxalite. The entire amount will be handed over the surrendered Naxalite after 3 years following a review of his or her conduct, said the policy.

Naxalites buying agricultural land within 3 years of their surrender will get full rebate in stamp duty and registration fee for land up to 2 acres, it said.

Another highlight of the policy is the provision to give compensation to the family of a person from outside Chhattisgarh in case of death due to Naxal violence in the state, the official said.

Victims of Naxalite violence or surrendered Naxalites who provide special cooperation in counter-insurgency operations, putting their lives at risk, can be recruited in the lower rungs of the police department by the Inspector General of Police of the range concerned, it added.

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