Interlocutors arriving today
UMER MAQBOOL DAR
Srinagar, Jan 16: The three-member team of interlocutors appointed by the Centre on Kashmir would begin their fourth visit to Jammu and Kashmir on Monday.
The team, including journalist Dileep Padgaonkar, academician Radha Kumar and former information commissioner MM Ansari, would arrive in Jammu on Monday on a five day visit to the state.
“We are arriving on Monday,” Radha Kumar told Greater Kashmir over phone.
The interlocutors, according to sources, are first expected to interact with Jammu-based political groups whom they couldn’t meet last time.
They are also expected to go to Udhampur before leaving for Valley on December 19.
“They would also meet cross section of people including mainstream political parties in Budgam district before leaving back for New Delhi on January 21,” the sources said.
The team is expected to submit the final roadmap about the contours of solution to Kashmir issue to the central government next month.
After their trips to the state, they had submitted a number of recommendations to the central government including expediting cases of under-trials, permitting peaceful protests and releasing militants and protesters against whom there are no serious charges.
They had also recommended training of 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, making efforts to trace missing persons and increasing monthly allowances to Kashmiri Pandits.
The three-member team of interlocutors was appointed by Centre in wake of last year’s summer unrest.
During their previous visits they interacted with people in all the three regions of the state, but have failed to meet separatist leaders like Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik.
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