Kashmir: Centre processing interlocutors’ views
After examining the first report submitted by the three-member group of interlocutors on Jammu and Kashmir, the Centre has sent “some” of its recommendations to the State for necessary action.
New Delhi: After examining the first report submitted by the three-member group of interlocutors on Jammu and Kashmir, the Centre has sent “some” of its recommendations to the State for necessary action.
“Action has been initiated on the recommendations. Some recommendations have been sent to the State government for necessary action. Some are under implementation,” the Home Ministry said in a statement.
In its report, the group comprising eminent journalist Dileep Padgaonkar, academician Radha Kumar and former Central Information Commissioner M.M. Ansari recommended expediting cases of undertrials, permitting peaceful protests, releasing militants and protestors against whom there are no serious charges among others.
The group also recommended training of security forces, identifying jobs for young men and women in central and State Government offices, announcing scholarships for Kashmiri students, enhancing monetary assistance to widows and orphans, efforts to trace missing persons and increasing monthly allowances to Kashmiri Pandits, the ministry said.
The report submitted to the Government by the group of interlocutors was based on their visit to the State from October 23 from 28 and November 9 to 14.
During their stay in the State, the interlocutors had visited Baramullah, Uri, Anantnag, Ganderbal, Bandipora, Leh and Kargil districts and met political and community leaders, minority representatives including several groups of Kashmiri Pandits as well as refugees from PoK, it said.
The group visited Kashmiri Pandit camps at Muthi to ascertain their views on the Kashmir issue. They also visited detainees in the Central Jail, Srinagar and met leaders of student protests, the ministry said.
The recommendations made in the report of their second visit are under active consideration of the Government.
The Government had appointed the interlocutors on October 13 to hold sustained dialogue with a wide range of important representatives of political and public opinion to draw up a road map for a permanent settlement of the political problem in the state of Jammu and Kashmir.