J&K report will reflect aspirations: Interlocutors
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Last Updated: Wednesday, September 21, 2011, 23:42
  
Srinagar: The Central interlocutors on Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday said its recommendations will reflect in "fullest measure possible" diverse political, social, economic and cultural aspirations of the people without disrupting the unity of the state.

The team said its report which will be submitted to Union Home Minister P Chidambaram before October 12 when the term of the three-member panel comes to an end would be within the framework of the Constitution.

The report will reflect in "fullest measure possible" what people of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh regions seek to lead a life of peace and prosperity with their honour and dignity intact, said Dileep Padgaonkar, head of the panel, which is here on its last official visit.

“We will address their diverse political, social, economic and cultural aspirations without disrupting the unity of the state and its special constitutional status in the Indian Union," Padgaonkar told reporters.

"Our recommendations for solution to political issues of the state will be within the framework of the Indian Constitution," he said.

Asked if the interlocutors had shut the doors on separatists by maintaining that solution has to be within the Constitution, Padgaonkar said, "A solution outside Union of India is not acceptable to even people from certain regions and sub-regions of the state, let alone the people of rest of the country."

He said a great deal of work had to be done by the political stakeholders at national level even after the recommendations are accepted.

The recommendations will be based on principles of humanity and justice to address the political aspirations of the people of the state, he said.

"With the political aspirations come social, cultural and economic aspirations as well, which need to be addressed. However, addressing these aspirations cannot be a substitute to addressing the political aspirations," he added.

The team had met political parties and other stakeholders at the state-level and in all 22 districts of Jammu and Kashmir.

PTI


First Published: Wednesday, September 21, 2011, 23:42


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