KATHMANDU: The process of bidding adieu to Maoist combatants opting for the second phase of voluntary retirement has started in all PLA cantonments across the country on Tuesday.
Though their farewell programme was supposed to commence yesterday, it could not happen as the top PLA commanders were spotted in Kathmandu to prepare the final list of the combatants opting for retirement and integration.
However, for today, Monitoring teams deputed by the Secretariat of the Special Committee (for supervision, integration and rehabilitation of Maoist combatants) are all set to handover account payee cheques and travel allowances to combatants opting for voluntary retirement.
It has been learnt that 94 fighters of Rolpa's Dahaban-based Fifth Division have chosen voluntary retirement.
As per the agreement forged among big wigs, those opting for voluntary retirement would be sent home with cheques, while the remaining from 9,705 would be brought under NA’s command for integration.
Presently, 9,705 PLA combatants are billeted in 15 camps after 7,365 ex-combatants took voluntary retirement in January.