J&K interlocutors to submit report within a year

The three-member panel formed by the government to hold "sustained dialogue" with the people of Jammu and Kashmir including separatists is expected to submit its report within a year.

Last Updated: Oct 15, 2010, 21:15 PM IST

New Delhi: The three-member panel formed
by the government to hold "sustained dialogue" with the people
of Jammu and Kashmir including separatists is expected to
submit its report within a year.
While the terms and references were being framed for
the three-member panel comprising leading journalist Dileep
Padgaonkar, noted academician Radha Kumar and Information
Commissioner M M Ansari, sources in the Union Home Ministry
said the group was expected to submit its report within a
year.

The Ministry has prepared a set of all agreements and
Constitution of Jammu and Kashmir and will hand over it to the
three members soon, the sources said.

The agreements include the Instrument of Accession,
1952 Delhi Agreement, 1975-accord and other relevant documents
pertaining to the state.

The sources said the terms and references will be
framed in consultation with the members of the panel.
The much-awaited and much-hyped panel has already come
under severe criticism from political and separatist groups in
the state with JKLF calling it as a joke while Hurriyat
Conference also flaying it.

No political personality figures in the group,
contrary to widespread speculation that a politician with the
status of a Union Cabinet Minister would head it.

Senior Congress leader Digvijay Singh and two Union
Ministers of state Prithviraj Chavan and Salman Khursheed are
believed to have been sounded but they appeared to be
disinterested, highly-placed sources said.

The interlocutors will be in Jammu and Kashmir for one
week each month, the sources said.

PTI