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Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

The Maoist Party has proposed to proceed with the management of the PLA fighters, postponing the decision on the numbers of combatants to be integrated in the security forces. Republica reports:

As per the proposal, all the 19,550 combatants will be offered different rehabilitation packages and incentives like joining the politics, voluntarily retirement or rehabilitation in the society. Then the remaining combatants will be considered for integration on the basis of “standard norms” that will be determined by the committee to join national security forces.

After this proposal was presented to the special committee on integration of the Maoist combatants, the Maoist Party in Sunsari announced the formation of Security Committees under the leadership of the Young Communist League. From Republica:

The Maoists have also started preparation to keep the members of the Security Committees that comprise the commandos of its Special Task Force and disqualified Maoist combatants in camps.

The members said that the party has already instructed YCL members to form Security Committees and provide training to the members. The party expects to include at least 8,000 members in the Security Committees in the district alone. Such committees will be formed in each ward of all VDCs.

Talking of special forces, a meeting of the Council of Ministers agreed to form a special security force for the industrial sector, a month after business leaders threatened to shut down industries and businesses over security concerns. The Himalayan Times reports that Armed Police Force will be mobilised for the purpose.

And, a day after Maoist leader Pushpa Kamal Dahal was reported as saying the government was only going to last a few days, he met with leaders of Madhesi Janadhikar Forum to discuss an alternative. Nagarik writes:

In a meeting between MJF’s Upendra Yadav and Maoist leader Pushpa Kamal Dahal, the Forum leader said the government was a failure and needed to be replaced.

After the meeting, MJF Vice-president Jay Prakash Gupta told the reporters that the government had failed the tasks of constitution writing and moving the peace process ahead, adding that a national unity government was necessary to achieve both agendas.

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