‘Despite reminder, JK Govt ignores interlocutors report’

New Delhi: The union government Tuesday said no comments on Interlocutors report have so far been received from the J&K government despite a reminder on March 3, two days after the PDP-BJP alliance took over the reins of the state.
Replying a question by Congress leader Jyotiraditya M Scindia in the Lok Sabha, Minister of State for Home Affairs, Haribhai Parathibhai Chaudhary also revealed that no decision has been taken on the report submitted by three interlocutors on Jammu and Kashmir in October 2011.
“A copy of the report has also been forwarded to the Government of J&K for comments. No comments, however, have so far been received from the State Government on the report,” he said. A reminder, he said,
has been sent recently to the State Government March 3 to expedite its comments on the report of Interlocutors.
“The views expressed in the report are the views of the Interlocutors. The government has not yet taken any decision on the report,” he said.
The Minister said the final report including 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.
The three interlocutors 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 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 summer agitation of 2010 in Kashmir in which more than 120 protesters and bystanders died in police and paramilitary action.