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Interlocutors unhappy with progress on their proposals

The Centre-appointed team of interlocutors for Jammu and Kashmir said on Thursday that the state government needed to reduce the "trust deficit" with the people.

india Updated: Dec 24, 2010 00:02 IST
HT Correspondent

The Centre-appointed team of interlocutors for Jammu and Kashmir said on Thursday that the state government needed to reduce the "trust deficit" with the people.

"Governance has to be transparent and accountable. Due process of law must be observed to resolve human rights-related problems," said journalist Dilip Padgaonkar, the panel’s head.

The panel, which includes academician Radha Kumar and former information commissioner MM Ansari, was appointed in October after a five-month unrest that left 112 people dead.

This is the panel's third visit to the state. In earlier visits, it made around 50 recommendations to the Union home ministry, of which 32 were accepted and 12 forwarded to the state.

But the interlocutors looked unhappy with the progress.

"We have 12 recommendations from New Delhi and a review meeting has been held. Cases are being processed and action will be taken," state home secretary BR Sharma said.

Sources told HT around 12 political prisoners might be released soon.

So far, the panel has failed to push for any major confidence building measure. Both factions of the Hurriyat, led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Syed Ali Shah Geelani, have declined to engage unless pre-conditions such as demilitarisation and release of political prisoners are met.