State govt serious over talks with Hurriyat: Abdullah
12 June 2000
New Delhi: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah Monday said the state government was serious about proposed talks with Hurriyat leaders to bring peace back in the valley. ''We are serious about the talks, Abdullah told mediapersons after meeting principal secretary to the Prime Minister Brajesh Mishra. He said he had come here to meet the Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee for raising various state issues such as development, lack of funds and proposed talks with Hurriyat leaders. However, the Chief Minister could not meet Vajpayee as he was busy in the meeting of cabinet committee on economic affairs. Mr Abdullah said he would request the centre to release funds for the state as the state budget was being finalised. ''We also need more funds as we have to put the state back on the track which has been derailed by the decade-old militancy,'' Mr Abdullah said. The Chief Minister said he would also raise the issue of power projects in the state which have been pending with the centre for granting counter-guarantee.