Centre decides to widen ambit of ‘amnesty’ for Kashmiri youth

Centre asks J&K Govt to constitute committee to review cases of student offenders and frame new surrender and rehabilitation policy for the youth willing to quit militancy 
SRINAGAR: Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) in an efforts to win hearts and minds of Kashmiri youth accused in various offences including stone pelting,  has decided to widen the ambit of amnesty for the youth of valley, asking Jammu and Kashmir government to organize a “high powered committee” that would review and withdraw cases against youth, particularly students.
The authentic committee source said we will make sure all the cases against the youth are withdrawn and they are provided a chance to shape their career with new starting.
Centre has also asked the Jammu and Kashmir to frame new surrender and rehabilitation policy for the youth willing to quit militancy and to prevent youth from taking up arms, according to the official MHA sources.
MHA top officials took this decision in New Delhi on Wednesday and a formal communiqué has also been sent to Jammu and Kashmir government.
A source revealed to a local newspaper GK, that a high powered committee will be organized to help the youth of Kashmir in reshaping their career. The committee would review the cases of youth, including students involved in various offenses particularly stone pelting. “Students will be primary beneficiaries of this amnesty,” the source said.
The government has already announced the second-time amnesty for those involved in stone pelting in the year 2008, 2009, 2010, and also in 2017 (9000 total). Recently, Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, Mehbooba Mufti in the State Legislature, announced the second-time amnesty to the youth who have more than two cases against them.
The MHA, more importantly, stressing on policy for the militants willing to shun militancy asked the state government of Jammu and Kashmir that policy should involve economic rehabilitation of those who would surrender besides providing the youth skill development training to make sure they can sustain their livelihood.

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