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Government of India
Ministry of Home Affairs
07-December-2010 17:49 IST
Government Initiates Action on Recommendations of Interlocutors
The Government has examined the recommendations made in the first report of the interlocutors for Jammu & Kashmir. Action has been initiated on the recommendations. Some recommendations have been sent to the State Government for necessary action. Some are under implementation.

The first report from the group of interlocutors about the visit to J&K made a number of recommendations including expediting cases of under-trials , permitting peaceful protests, releasing militants/protestors against whom there are no serious charges, training of security forces, identifying jobs for young men and women in Central/State Government offices, announcing scholarships for Kashmiri students, enhancing monetary assistance to widows and orphans, enhanced efforts to trace missing persons, promoting investments in Kashmir, according special status to Paharis, representation to Gujjars and Bakerwals in political institutions and bureaucracy, increasing monthly allowances to Kashmiri Pandits, etc.

The report submitted to the Government by the group of interlocutors was based on their visit to Jammu & Kashmir from 23rd to 28th October, 2010.

The group of interlocutors visited J&K again from 9th to 14th November, 2010. During their stay in J&K, the interlocutors visited Baramullah, Uri, Anantnag, Ganderbal, Bandipora , Leh and Kargil districts and met political and community leaders, minority representatives including several groups of Kashmiri Pandits as well as refugees from PoK. The group visited Kashmiri Pandit camps at Muthi to ascertain their views about the Kashmir issue. They also visited detenues in the Central Jail, Srinagar and met leaders of student protests for similar interaction.

The recommendations made in the report of their second visit are under active consideration of the Government.

On 13th October 2010, the Government had appointed Dr. Dileep Padgaonkar, Professor M.M. Ansari and Prof (Ms) Radha Kumar as interlocutors to hold sustained dialogue with a wide range of important representatives of political and public opinion to draw up a road map for a permanent settlement of the political problem in the state of Jammu & Kashmir.