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India Offers Kashmir Militants Cash, Jobs for Guns

The government in Indian-administered Kashmir is dangling the carrot of cash and jobs before separatist guerrillas if they surrender, but the move has attracted flak from several quarters, including those who say the new “Welcome Home” scheme is doomed to fail. Under the policy, each militant who turns himself in is entitled to a bank deposit of US $3,000 and a monthly stipend of US $40 for three years. The militant also gets vocational training gratis and an interest-free loan for setting up a business. As a safeguard, the deposit can be cashed only after security agencies furnish a no-objection certificate based on the surrendered militant’s behavior over a three-year period. Full Story

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