PLA regrouping process begins in NepalNovember 19th, 2011 - 12:25 am ICT by IANS
Kathmandu, Nov 18 (IANS) The regrouping process of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) began in Nepal Friday.
The PLA was the military arm of the Unified Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist (UCPN-M) before the civil war ended in 2006.
Three of the seven main cantonments in Nawalparasi, Kalali and Chitwan districts, where the PLA combatants have been settled after the commencement of the peace process, are undergoing the regrouping process.
PLA spokesperson Chandra Prakash Khanal said that the process would regroup the PLA members as per their decision for rehabilitation, retirement and integration.
“There are officials who will provide the members with an analysis of the payment packages before they make a decision,” Khanal said.
More than 6,000 PLA members will be involved in the regrouping process.
The PLA members will be integrated into the general directorate of the Nepal Army, a new directorate formed for the integration.
Under the Comprehensive Peace Agreement signed on Nov 21, 2006 ending the 11-year civil war in Nepal, the UCPN-Maoist cantonments are built for the former soldiers of PLA who live here and are waiting to be integrated into the Nepal Army, or rehabilitated back into society.
As the most important part of Nepal’s peace process, major political parties finally agreed on the PLA integration with their 7-point agreement signed on Nov 1, 2011 after over four years of debate.
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