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Former Maoist combatants to get another chance for voluntarily retirement

KATHMANDU:
A soldier of Nepal's People's Liberation Army (PLA) walks in front of a Maoist camp at Shaktikhor cantonment in Chitwan, about 160 km (99 miles) south of Kathmandu, February 3, 2012. The first group of the 7,365 former Maoist rebels who opted for voluntary retirement instead of being integrated into the Nepali security forces were discharged on Friday. REUTERS/Navesh ChitrakarA meeting of Special Committee for Supervision, Integration and Rehabilitation of former Maoist combatants held today morning decided to give another chance for the voluntarily retirement to the former Maoist combatants who have chosen for the integration process.
The former combatants chosen for the integration into the Nepal Army are currently undergoing through the training. The Committee has taken the decision to this effect following the request of the former combatants to quit the integration process. Nearly 3 dozen of former combatants have sought such voluntarily retirement from the Committee and Nepal Army reasoning health complications, family issues and personal problems.

The Committee has also decided to extend the tenure of the committee for another two months. The committee’s terms was going to end at the last of this month Mangsir.
Likewise, the committee has also decided to form a General Directorate of Nepal Army of strength of 4171 personnel comprising of 1460 former Maoist combatants and 4171 from different security organs.
“The General Directorate of National Development, Forest and Environment Conservation and Disaster Management  will be headed by the Major General,” Spokesperson of the Committee and Chief Secretary Lilamani Poudel informed the media persons after the meeting, adding, “ It will have four Brigadier Generals, seven Colonels, five Lt. Colonel, 78 Majors, 90 Captains and 48 Second Lieutenants.” The Special Committee also formed a three-member advisory panel headed by secretariat chief Balananda Sharma on the formation of the general directorate.

Published Date: Friday, December 14th, 2012 | 02:12 AM

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