Disqualified PLA fighters to be rehabilitated

DHULIKHEL: Minister for Peace and Reconstruction Rakam Chemjong today said that the government is all set to rehabilitate the PLA fighters who were disqualified by the UNMIN.

Speaking at a program organized by PABSON in Banepa, Chemjong said, "People cannot breathe a shy of relief from violence unless the peace is restored in the country."

He also said that the government has begun to book those guilty of human rights abuses during the conflict. "The government will soon table a bill in the parliament for the formation of a commission to probe those guilty of human rights abuses."

Though there is a provision of restricting the use of children under the age of 18 in war, UNMIN report states that the Maoists used 4,000 such children as combatants in their war. "Nobody can use children as the means of fulfilling their demands," he said. Minister Chemjong also informed that the Ministry is drafting an action plan for the welfare of women and children who were traumatised by the war.

Meanwhile, Minister Chemjong claimed that the government had successfully controlled the activities of the armed gangs in the Tarai region. ''As the government is holding talks, the activities of armed groups went down in Tarai and hills,'' he said, adding that government is committed to fulfill the demands of those armed outfits that held talks with the government.

On the occasion, Chemjong gave away letter of appreciation to the students securing highest marks in Kavre in the SLC exam this year.