Anxious to persuade separatist guerillas to rejoin society and start living normal lives, authorities in Kashmir have decided to dangle a jumbo carrot in front of any militant who might be weary of violence and willing to surrender - throw away your guns in return for cash and jobs. In a policy to be announced soon, militants will be offered 300,000 rupees (HK$51,500), a monthly allowance of 3,000 rupees for three years, help in becoming self-employed or getting a government job and a sympathetic review of any pending criminal cases. Chief Minister Mufti Mohammed Sayeed says he has the army's backing for this generous policy and expects about 400 militants to take up the offer. Mr Sayeed hopes a large-scale surrender will demoralise the separatist groups that have waged a bloody campaign for 13 years. He is banking on militants who are tired of being on the run and running around in forests in search of food and hide-outs. Others might simply be disillusioned with the cause. An obvious risk is that some Kashmiris, coveting such a generous deal, may cynically take up arms and join a separatist group for a while with a view to 'surrendering' a few months later. But Mr Sayeed decided that such a risk was minimal and more than offset by the gains to be made from weaning genuine militants away from insurgency. Earlier surrender offers had been more limited: vague assurances of employment and a chance to keep their arms. Nevertheless, about 3,000 militants have accepted these terms over the past few years. Last year, soon after Mr Sayeed's government came to power, hundreds surrendered to soldiers in organised ceremonies. Officials say some militants are keen to return to normal life. 'Some were coerced into joining militancy,' a senior official said.