Positive change in J&K atmosphere: Interlocutor

The three-member group of interlocutors on Jammu and Kashmir, appointed by the Centre in October last year, on Wednesday said that there has been a positive change in the atmosphere in the state.

Last Updated: Jan 12, 2011, 16:02 PM IST

New Delhi: The three-member group of
interlocutors on Jammu and Kashmir, appointed by the Centre in
October last year, on Wednesday said that there has been a positive
change in the atmosphere in the state.

"There is positive change in the atmosphere in Jammu
and Kashmir. Many encouraging things are happenings. Lots of
changes have taken place and lots of good things have taken
place," one of the interlocutors, MM Ansari said after a
meeting with Home Minister P Chidambaram.

He said that during the meeting, the group discussed
about the action taken by Central and state governments on the
three reports it submitted earlier.

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 to Kashmiri Pandits, the ministry said.

The interlocutors - Ansari, a former Information
Commissioner, eminent journalist Dileep Padgaonkar and
academician Radha Kumar - will visit the state for the fourth
time from January 17.

Asked whether, the group has given any suggestion to
the government for the change of name of the posts of Governor
and Chief Minister in J&K, Ansari replied in the negative.
"Whatever appeared in newspapers was nothing but media
speculation," he said.

PTI