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No decision on interlocutors’ report on J&K: govt

No decision on interlocutors  report on J And K govt The Centre today said no decision has been taken on the report submitted by three interlocutors on Jammu and Kashmir in 2011 and it will welcome any “informed debate” on its contents.

Replying to a question by Congress MP Sashi Tharoor, Minister of State for Home Kiran Rijiju said the final report, including on Jammu and Kashmir recommendation of the Group of Interlocutors constituted by the government in 2010 to study various aspects of the situation of the Kashmir, has been uploaded on the official website of the Union Home Ministry.

He said the move has been done for the benefit of the public at large.

“The government has not taken any decisions on the report. Government will welcome an informed debate on the contents of the report,” he said in a written reply in Lok Sabha.

The three interlocutors on Jammu and Kashmir submitted their report to the then Union Home Minister P Chidambaram in October 2011 laying down a road map for the government to address all issues pertaining to the state.

The report was prepared by a team comprising noted journalist Dilip Padgaonkar, former Information Commissioner M M Ansari and academician Radha Kumar.

Regional councils for all three regions — Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh — to address local aspirations and reduce alienation from the national mainstream and measures to improve governance with a focus on women and children were part of the interlocutors’ report.

It looks at regional autonomy, devolution of power, economic development, bringing the state into the national mainstream, specific issues concerning women and children.

The panel was formed after 2010 stone-pelting crisis in which nearly 120 people died.