Govt spent nearly Rs 70 lakh on J-K interlocutors
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Last Updated: Sunday, December 11, 2011, 16:25
  
New Delhi: About Rs 70 lakh was paid by the Ministry of Home Affairs as remuneration and other expenses in engaging year-long services of three interlocutors on Jammu and Kashmir.

Of the total of Rs 69.80 lakh, Rs 52.36 lakh was paid as salary, about Rs 12.31 lakh was paid to their office assistants, Rs 2.31 lakh as air fare to visit the state and Rs 2.81 lakh as reimbursement expenditure for official transport during their services since their appointment on October 13, 2010.

Replying to an RTI query, the MHA refused to disclose the interlocutors' report citing a clause in the transparency law.

The three-member group of former Information Commissioner M M Sharma, educationist Prof Radha Kumar and eminent journalist Dilip Padgaonkar were appointed by the Government to look into a variety of issues, including the controversial Armed Forces Special Powers Act, confronting Jammu and Kashmir.

The interlocutors have submitted their report in October to Home Minister P Chidambaram.

"The interlocutors have submitted their final report the Home Minister on October 12, 2011. The report is under consideration of the Government," it said in reply to an RTI query filed by news agency.PTI


First Published: Sunday, December 11, 2011, 16:25


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