Kashmir interlocutors to begin third visit from Friday

During visit,the group will interact with people cutting across party line and organisations and take their view on a lasting solution to the Kashmir issue.

Last Updated: Dec 16, 2010, 20:49 PM IST

New Delhi: The three interlocutors,
appointed to initiate dialogue on Jammu and Kashmir, will
begin their third visit to the state from Friday after which they
are likely to submit the "broad contours" for a political
settlement to the decades-old issue.

During its seven-day visit, the group will go to
several district headquarters like Jammu, Rajauri, Poonch,
Doda and Srinagar and will interact with people cutting across
party line and organisations and take their view on a lasting
solution to the Kashmir issue.

When the interlocutors will submit the "broad
contours" for a solution to the Kashmir issue, it will be
deliberated by the Cabinet Committee on Security before giving
the nod for initiating the process.

The group, comprising eminent journalist Dileep
Padgaonkar, academician Radha Kumar and former Central
Information Commissioner M M Ansari was appointed on October
13.

Union Home Minister P Chidambaram has already said
that the contours of a political solution to the Kashmir
problem were expected to emerge in the next few months.

Chidambaram has said the first and second reports of
the group of interlocutors for Jammu and Kashmir dealt with
confidence-building measures.

Under their suggestions, demilitarisation steps have
been taken, 66 youths have been released while 22 cases of
Public Safety Act have been withdrawn, sources said.

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," a source
said.

In its reports, the group had recommended expediting
cases of under trials, 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 visits to the state from
October 23 from 28 and November 9 to 14.

During earlier visits, the interlocutors went to Uri,
Baramullah, 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.

PTI