Assam Rifles launched first skill development programme for militants in Manipur
Guwahati: The Assam Rifles launched a skill development programme for militant organisations on Wednesday, under the Suspension of Operation agreement with the state and the federal government.
The program’s major goal is to provide skill-based training to assist militants to come into mainstream.
Major General Alok Naresh, Inspector General Assam Rifles (South), inaugurated a skill development centre at the designated camp of the Zomi Organization (ZRO)/Zomi Revolutionary Army (ZRA) in new Teikot in Manipur’s Churachandpur district to commemorate the occasion.
The Suspension of Operation (SoO) was signed by ZRO/ZRA in 2005 and it was one of the first militant groups.
The goal of this effort was to provide trainees with the tools they needed to compete successfully in both the professional and social realms, said official.
According to an Assam Rifles official, training will be conducted into 30 day phases. The first phase, which began on Wednesday, will comprise sewing, carpentry, and information technology training.
Based on the feedback from the students, the training for succeeding phases will be improved to other result-oriented skills.
On September 17, 2010, the first designated ZRA’s SoO Camp, called ‘Muvanlai Camp,’ was formed in New Teikot following the signing of the Tripartite Agreement.
The camp’s 73 inhabitants work primarily in camp maintenance and various organic farming operations such as pisciculture, goat farming, paddy farming, and other kinds of organic farming. According to Assan Rifles, the product is being used for personal consumption by the cadres in the camp.