J&K govt asks separatists to respond to talks offer by Centre

Maintaining that dialogue was the only effective means to solve complex issues in democratic way, the J&K government asked separatists to show flexibility and respond to the offer of talks by the Central government.

Updated: Sep 02, 2010, 23:47 PM IST

Srinagar: Maintaining that dialogue was the
only effective means to solve complex issues in democratic
way, the Jammu and Kashmir government today asked separatists
to show flexibility and respond to the offer of talks by the
Central government.

"Dialogue is the only effective means to sort out issues
and resolve complex problems in a democratic way. We hope that
the separatists would show flexibility and respond to the
offer", Minister for Rural Development Ali Mohammad Sagar said
at a function in Kulgam, 70 kms from here in south Kashmir.

Many political parties cutting across the table have also
laid importance in dialogue and the same was ratified by the
Union Home Minister P Chidambaram in the Parliament, Sagar
said.

Sagar said dialogue is imperative for ending uncertainty
and added that Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has time again
assured that the government would contribute its bit in being
a facilitator for the same.

"We have already spelt out agenda regarding the political
solution of the issue and time again assured all parties of
effectively facilitating the process of dialogue", he said.

Highlighting the role of various flagship schemes of the
department in alleviating poverty in far-flung areas, Sagar
asked the people to avail maximum benefits of these schemes.

He informed that an amount of Rs 12.80 crore has been
earmarked under MGNREGA in the district and directed officers
to widen the ambit of the scheme by convergence with other
departments and allied activities.

The Minister for Social Welfare, Sakina Itoo speaking
on the occasion highlighted various welfare measures
undertaken by government.

PTI