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PC for all-party meet on interlocutors' report

chandigarh Updated: May 31, 2012 18:25 IST
u and Kashmir interlocutors' report

The Centre said on Thursday that it was yet to take a view on the Jammu and Kashmir interlocutors' report, which calls for a review of all central acts and articles of the Indian Constitution extended to the state after 1952, and an all-party meet on that should be called to elicit their views.

Union home minister P Chidambaram told a news conference that the views expressed in the report were those of the interlocutors and the government would welcome an 'informed debate' on the report's contents.

"We have not taken any decisions on the report yet. The government will welcome an informed debate on its contents," said the home minister.

The minister said there should also be an all-party meeting on the report and as the report has been put in public domain there would soon be workshops on that.

Chidambaram had appointed a team of interlocutors -- journalist Dileep Padgaonkar, educationist Radha Kumar and former information commissioner MM Ansari -- on October 13, 2010, to hold a sustained dialogue with all sections of society in Jammu and Kashmir.

"The group of interlocutors held extensive deliberations with the government of J&K, political parties and civil society stakeholders at the state and national level. Their report was submitted on October 12 last year," the minister said.

The report recommends that a constitutional committee be set up to review all the statute provisions in the state. The constitutional committee, according to the interlocutors' report, should bear in mind the dual character of Jammu and Kashmir, that is a constituent unit of the Indian Union and enjoys a special status as enshrined in Article 370 of the Constitution.

"The review will, therefore, have to determine whether - and to what extent -- the central acts and articles of the Constitution of India, extended with or without amendment to the state, have dented Jammu and Kashmir's special status and abridged the state government's powers to cater to the welfare of its people."