It`s for govt to take note of Army Chief`s Kashmir remark: Cong

Congress on Monday said it was for the government to take congnisance about Army chief Gen V K Singh`s comments that appeared to be critical of the political leadership in dealing with the situation in Jammu and Kashmir.

Updated: Jul 12, 2010, 19:19 PM IST

New Delhi: Congress on Monday said it was for
the government to take congnisance about Army chief Gen V K
Singh`s comments that appeared to be critical of the political
leadership in dealing with the situation in Jammu and Kashmir.

"If at anyone has to take congnisance, the matter is in
the purview of the government," Congress spokesperson Manish
Tiwari told reporters here.

Singh said yesterday, "so far as the Army is concerned, I
think as security forces, a lot of work has been done. The
situation has been brought to a particular level when other
initiatives should have started to make way for betterment."

Asked whether the Army was deployed as a deterrent to
curb the violence, he said, "I think there was a sort of loss
of confidence and they thought that Army should be seen more
prominently. Probably that is what...

"We said yes (to the deployment) as we are as much
concerned as anyone else...Army is already there. It is
already carrying out (operations) with the CRPF, with the
police in conjunction with the state. So we are there for
various things and we are helping them," Singh said.

Elaborating on the steps required, Singh said, "First
of all, there has to be concerted efforts to identify the
miscreants... There are few. There are people who are passing
instructions on phone. They have to be identified. There are
people financing the protests. They must be identified.

"After that, starts how do we connect with the common
man and build confidence in him so that he can stay away from
all this. Now this is both an administrative measure as well
as it depends on the elected leaders out there at various
levels," the Army Chief said.

PTI