Bhubaneswar: The Maoists who have surrendered before Odisha Police are not only provided with the assured benefits as per the policy of Odisha Government, but are also being provided with the skill development training so that they can be self-reliant and eke out a living as well as be a part and parcel of the social mainstream.
Replying to a query made by BJP MLA Mohan Charan Majhi, Skill Development & Technical Education Minister Premananda Nayak apprised the members of the House today that in the last 10 years the surrendered Maoists have been imparted with skill development training.
Detailing on it, the Minister informed that 23 surrendered Maoists of Malkangiri district have been trained in skill development in 2017-18 while 11 surrendered Maoists received the training in 2018-19.
Similarly, one surrendered Maoist of Bolangir district has been trained in 2017-18 while 2 surrendered Maoists of Koraput district have been trained in 2015-16.
The Minister further informed the House that one surrendered Maoist of Koraput has been imparted three-month MES training on Basic Automobile course at Ambaguda-based Government ITI in 2016-17.
In 2018, two surrendered Maoist had consented to undergo training in Government ITI, Rayagada but later on did not take admission, he added.
The House was also informed that the Superintendent of Police (SP) of the concerned district identifies the surrendered Maoists (both male and female) and recommend for the skill development training.
The Skill Development & Technical Education Minister also apprised the Assembly that 10 Skill Development Extension Centres one each in the Maoist-affected districts has been set up for the purpose while in every Government ITI and Polytechnic, 15 Skill Development Extension Centres one each has been opened. Besides, one ITI and two Skill Development Extension Centres have been set up under Central Government’s LWE Yojana in Deogarh, Sambalpur, Gajapati, Rayagada and Malkangiri. These 5 ITI have been affiliated to NCVT and students from all categories are also being imparted training.
The Minister also stated that no separate budgetary provision is made for the skill development training of the surrendered Maoists. It is done under the programmes undertaken by the Odisha Skill Development Authority (OSDA).
The House was also apprised that two of the skilled developed surrendered Maoists are now employed in private industry in Koraput district.