Indian Home Minister: Ready to talk with Maoists and northeast rebels

Indian Home Minister: Ready to talk with Maoists and northeast rebels

NEW DELHI, Aug. 12 (Xinhua) --The central government is ready to talk with Maoists and northeast rebels if they give up violence, Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh said Monday evening.

"Left wing extremism is a big challenge for the country but the government will not allow anyone to indulge in violence. If they shun violence, we are ready to talk," he replied to a debate on the working of home ministry in the upper house of parliament Rajya Sabha.

Rajnath also said the home ministry is working help Kashmiri Hindus return to their native land.

On the rebels in the northeast states, the minister said: "We are ready to talk with any extremist group under the purview of the constitution. Peace in northeastern states is our priority."

The home minister added that every Indian citizen will get identity cards within three years to end the problem of illegal migrants.