Nepali opposition party's combatants urged to participate in rehabilitation programs

12:57, June 24, 2010      

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Different bodies of the United Nations based in Nepal have urged the main opposition Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) (UCPN-M)'s former People's Liberation Army (PLA) combatants to participate in various rehabilitation programs, the National News Agency RSS reported on Thursday.

According to the RSS, the U.N. bodies urged the former PLA combatants to participate in the rehabilitation programs after there was minimum participation of the former PLA fighters in the programs carried out by these organizations.

A total of 4,008 former disqualified PLA combatants were discharged from the cantonments in last December.

United Nations Development Program (UNDP), United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF), United Nations Fund for Population Activities and International Labor Organization have been carrying out different rehabilitation programs for the unqualified PLA fighters.

According to the information given at a program organized by the UNDP here Wednesday, although all ex-militants were urged to participate in the rehabilitation program run by the four U.N. agencies, only 1,837 have come into contact till date. Some of them participated in the rehabilitation program.

Training on technical skills such as tailoring and house wiring was provided to some while others willing to join schools and colleges were provided with scholarships as per the program.

Resident Representative of the UNDP Robert Piper said though the social and political rehabilitation of the ex-militia of the UCPN-M was sensitive, it was begun by the U.N. agencies. He urged the UCPN-M and Nepal government to help in this effort.

UNICEF Representative Gillion Mellsop said that the agency was promoting rehabilitation programs and encouraging those willing to join schools.

Source: Xinhua


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