Govt compliments role of J&K interlocutors

Last Updated: Friday, January 14, 2011 - 15:03

New Delhi: The Centre Friday complimented
the three-member group of interlocutors on Jammu and Kashmir,
saying their interactions have encouraged people, who have
never been heard before, to speak out.

Lauding the works of the interlocutors - eminent
journalist Dileep Padgaonkar, former Information Commissioner
M M Ansari and academician Radha Kumar - Home Secretary Gopal
K Pillai said since their appointment in October 2010, the
group has spoken to hundreds of people and many groups.

"People, who have never been heard, are now speaking,"
he said at a seminar at Jamia Milia Islamia University here.

The Home Secretary said the government was expecting
interlocutors to submit their final report by April.

"So far we have received three reports. When their final
report comes, we will share it with all political parties, the
Union Cabinet and decide on a future course of action," he

The interlocutors in their reports submitted the
"broad contours" for a lasting solution to the Kashmir issue
for consideration by the government.

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 earlier.

In its report, the group recommended expediting cases
of undertrials, permitting peaceful protests and releasing
militants and protesters 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 for Kashmiri Pandits.


First Published: Friday, January 14, 2011 - 15:03

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