Build sub-groups to enforce roundtable decisions: NC
With autonomy as its main demand, NC urged PM to constitute sub-groups to carry forward the decisions taken in the roundtable.india Updated: May 25, 2006 16:14 IST
With autonomy as its main demand, Opposition National Conference on Thursday urged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to constitute sub-groups to carry forward the decisions taken during the second roundtable conference in a systematic manner.
"We asked the Prime Minister to set up sub-groups as it was virtually not possible to meet every time to review the decisions taken at the roundtable conference," National Conference President Omar Abdullah said as the second roundtable conference recessed for some time.
Among other issues raised by the NC, was withdrawal of the Army and central paramilitary forces from the city and other urban areas of the Valley where law and order situation, he said, could be handled by the local police.
On granting of autonomy to the state, he said a sub-group should be formed to examine the issues raised by his party in this connection time and again.
Omar also demanded a result-oriented economic package for the state to improve the standard of education for the youth.
He thanked the Prime Minister for taking up the issue of reviewing cases of all those youths who had crossed over to Pakistan-occupied Kashmir and were willing to return home.
Both the NC President and CPI (M) leader MY Tarigami have been advocating for granting of general amnesty to youths in PoK who wanted to come back.
Tarigami said the Government should, while making efforts for identifying areas which can be developed as 'peace zones', gradually reduce the size of security forces deployed in the state.
The Centre should also initiate measures to provide fair and prompt trial to all detenues and release all those not involved in heinous crimes, he said.
Released persons who have been under preventive detention, not sentenced by the courts and living a peaceful life after their release, are being denied job opportunities and passport facilities, he said adding this needs to be undone.
Relief should be provided to victims of violence irrespective of their affiliations and efforts made to bring central security forces deployed for internal security in the state under the purview of Human Rights Commission, he added.
He also suggested that the Centre handover the Uri and Salal Hydel Power projects to the state.
Asserting that there can be no "cut and dried" formula as a solution to the Kashmir issue, Tarigami said the resolution had to emerge out of a process and not presented as a ready-made proposition.
He also suggested easing of travel restrictions by India and Pakistan to ensure maximum people-to-people contact on both sides of the Line of Control.
Tarigami said the two countries should also identify and initiate joint developmental and environment projects in areas of mutual interest.
First Published: May 25, 2006 15:15 IST