Interlocutors report gathers dust| Waiting for remarks from JK Govt: MHA

Like the previous Government, the present dispensation seems to have shelved the report of three Interlocutors, who were appointed by the Ministry of Home Affairs in 2010 amidst unrest in Kashmir.
Interlocutors report gathers dust| Waiting for remarks from JK Govt: MHA
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Like the previous Government, the present dispensation seems to have shelved the report of three Interlocutors, who were appointed by the Ministry of Home Affairs in 2010 amidst unrest in Kashmir. 

 Sources said that after the change of guard in the country Ministry of Home Affairs had sought views of the state Government on Interlocutors report in April this year. So far present dispensation has not given any view to MHA. "There has been no progress on interlocutors report at all. We had asked the present Government to give view, but we did not receive anything so far," a top MHA official told Greater Kashmir. "Central Government is keen to act on the report as peace building measures for J&K," he added. 

The report was prepared by panel comprising of Dilip Padgaonkar, M M Ansari and Radha Kumar. It was formed after Kashmir witnessed widespread protests and killing of over 120 people, particularly youth, in 2010. After compiling the report, the panel submitted the report to the then Union Home Minister, P Chidambaram. Since then the suggestions put forth by the interlocutors have not been implemented.

The official said that there are certain things in the report that in long run will help in building peace in J&K.

The official disclosed that soon after the report was submitted by the panel, views were sought from the previous J&K Government.

"They did not turn up with their views for more than three years," he said.

MHA official said the report suggest amendment of certain sections of the Public Safety Act (PSA), review of Disturbed Area Act (DAA) and Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA). "The panel has met lot of people and there has been consensus on various issues in the report," he said adding MHA was hopeful that views on the report by present J&K Government will be received within minimum possible time. "However eight months have passed, there is no view from J&K government."

The interlocutors, official said, have also advocated dialogue and some other things in their report. "The panel has recommended making Line of Control softer and administrative empowerment," the official said.

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