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The Nepal Army handed Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal a draft proposal on the integration and rehabilitation of Maoist fighters when he visited army headquarters on 11 October. Excerpts:

1. When integrating PLA combatants, priority should be given to the non-security sector.

To facilitate this, minors should be handed over to their parents and the government should train those who want to work abroad, and support those who want to pursue higher education.

2. The government should have authority over deciding how many Maoists to admit into the security sector, and make integration contingent on the Maoist party's commitment to democracy. Priority should be given to organisations other than the APF, Nepal Police or Army, such as the industrial security forces, municipality security forces, tourist police services, fire brigade, private security, forest security forces and security organisations. The Nepal Police, APF and NA should be the second, third and fourth alternatives, respectively.

Maoists may become district level field agents for the National Investigation Department, but should not be made district head.

Selection should occur according to the standards of the concerned security organisations.

3. The government and the NA should adopt the following policies in integrating the former guerrillas:
NA should not be politicised in the name of democratisation and should be downsized only after Maoist weapons are managed properly.

All integrated PLA fighters must leave the Maoist party.

Integrated PLA combatants should be split up into different ranks and battalions.

The integration will take place in different stages. Each batch of vacancies will be split evenly between Maoists and non-Maoists.

Maoist victims should be allowed integration as well.

If there must be a separate PLA unit, its sole function should be to support NA's development activities. A second alternative is to integrate PLA fighters in existing battalions that don't play a key role in state security.

PLA members should only receive high ranking NA posts if they meet NA criteria for the post and have undergone special training. NA recruitment criteria must apply to all ranks, from officer to general.



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