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Jammu, January 3

Fifty-nine  youth in the Valley joined militancy after the killing of Hizb-ul-Mujahadeen Commander  Burhan Wani  in an encounter on July 8 last year ,  Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister  Mehbooba Mufti disclosed in  the  state legislative  Assembly on Tuesday.

This is  for the first time  that the state government came  out with statistics  of the new militants after Burhan Wani’s killing .  These are the official figures, though the unofficial numbers  are placed  higher than 59.

The Chief Minister said this in a written reply  to National Conference  member Mubarak Gul  as the question hour could not be  held because of the  adjournment motion  of opposition parties  to have  a discussion on the current unrest in the Kashmir Valley.

 “As reported by CID headquarters, 59 youth have joined militant ranks after 8th July, 2016”, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti said in a written reply to the question by MLA Mubarak Gul in the state Assembly here.

The state government has notified a surrender policy which was superseded by rehabilitation policy to encourage the misguided youths and militants to abjure violence and “accept the integrity of India and the Constitution”, Mehbooba, who holds the home portfolio, said.

The policy was notified so that they can join the national mainstream and lead a normal life, she said.

According to the policy, the state government will provide them incentives including fixed deposits of Rs 1.50 lakh, payment of monetary incentive for surrender of weapons and stipend for a period of 3 years at the rate of Rs 2,000 per month from the date of surrender, the chief minister said.

Under the above policy of 2004, 437 cases of surrendered militants were received from 2004 till date, Mehbooba said.

As many as 216 cases have been finalised and monthly incentives of Rs 2.68 cores have been paid, she said adding 219 cases have been rejected.