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Govt spent nearly Rs 70 lakh on J-K interlocutors

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

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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