KATHMANDU: The Special Committee (SC) on Supervision, Integration and Rehabilitation of Maoist combatants met on Wednesday after giving it a miss thrice in the past few weeks.
The Maoists’ members in the panel took the lead to propose that leaders of major parties ought to decide on the process of integration. NC leader Dr Ram Sharan Mahat, an SC member, said the Maoists were insistent on a consensus over the issue, which has
been hanging fire since the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Accord in 2006. More than 19,000 Maoist fighters are cooling their heels in cantonments and camps across the nation.
The drafts on integration, too, are awaiting the leaders’ nod. The proposals compiled by the Technical Committee (TC), deal with the Code of Conduct and the mechanism to bring the Maoist combatants under the SC’s command and control.
TC, which is subordinate to SC, prepared these drafts around six weeks ago.
“Integration will be easier once there is an understanding among the leaders,” said Maoist leader Janardan Sharma ‘Prabhakar’, an SC member.
Chief Secretary Madhav Prasad Ghimire, spokesperson, SC, said that the members had agreed to hold meetings every Sunday, which had taken a backseat due to the recent Maoists’ agitation.
PM Madhav Kumar Nepal, who heads the SC, could not
attend the meeting last Sunday due to poor health.