There are 436 Naxals have been surrendered in Gadchiroi, Gondia and Yavatmal districts of eastern Maharashtra since the state government launched its scheme to facilitate rehabilitation of the ultras in 2005.
Last week, the government extended the Naxal Surrender Scheme till August 29, 2015.
Interestingly, the Naxals who have laid down their arms under the scheme include 30 couples, official sources said.
The authorities have disbursed Rs. 3.15 crore to the surrendered rebels by way of financial aid so far. Of this, Rs. 2.72 crore was from the state while the rest came from the Centre.
The surrendered Naxals were also provided with bullock carts, diesel engines etc so that they could earn their livelihood in a legitimate way.
Among the surrendered ultras are a state zonal committee member of Naxals, five ‘divisional committee’ members, 13 ‘dalam commanders’, 17 ‘deputy commanders’ and 166 ‘dalam’ members, besides members of Gram Rakshak Dal and Sangam groups.
The highest number of Naxals — 133 — surrendered in 2008.
As many as 82 rifles were recovered from the surrendered ultras.