Prerana Marasini

KATHMANDU: The CPN (UML)-led government has announced that 4,008 People’s Liberation Army (PLA) personnel who have been disqualified as combatants by the United Nations Mission in Nepal will be discharged.

Minister for Peace and Reconstruction Rakam Chemjong on Thursday told reporters that the process would start on Friday and complete by November 2.

The U.N. Mission monitoring PLA combatants and their weapons, registered 32,250 personnel of the Maoist army in 2007. Of these, 19, 692 were verified as qualified combatants.

The U.N. has raised concerns on several occasions regarding discharging minors from the cantonments where the combatants are housed. Out of the 4,008, around 3,000 were found to be minors .