Reconciled militants receive aid package in Baghlan province
By Ghanizada - Sun Dec 18, 9:03 pm
Sunday, December 18, 2011 – Chief of the provincial Afghan peace council for northern Baghlan province Abdul Samad Stanekzai while speaking during a press conference on Sunday said, Afghan government has considered monetary consideration for more than 159 individuals who had reconciled with the Afghan government.
According to Mr. Stanekzai, the first round of aid has already been paid in the last month and the second batch of aid is due to be paid.
He also said, the individuals will receive aid packages by the Afghan government for at least three months.
Mr. Stanekzai said, among the 159 militants who joined the peace process includes at least 17 local militant commanders and the remaining 142 are the fighters. Afghan government provide 10,000 Afghani ruppees for the commanders and 5,000 Afghani ruppees per month for the remaining militants on a monthly basis.
Besides, the Afghan government provide training facilities and some other basic requirements to answer the basic needs of their livelihoods, Mr. Stanekzai said.
According to him, provincial high peace council for northern Baghlan province has managed to aquire the approval of the Afghan government for the implementation of at least six agricultural projects in central Baghlan and Dahan-e-Ghori districts which will provide further job opportunities once the projects become live.
In the meantime, a number of armed militants who joined the reconciliation program in this province welcomed the aid packages by the Afghan government and urged for further assistance in the future.
They also urged the other armed militants to join the reconciliation program and participate in the reconstruction of Afghanistan.
According to provincial Afghan high peace council chief for northern Baghlan province, around 226 armed militants have joined the reconciliation program in this province so far, with at least 129 individuals who have received aid packages from the Afghan government.
Report by Ajmal Omeri, Baghlan province.