Working Group Holds Talks With J&K Representatives
22 July 2006
Srinagar: The Prime Minister's working group dealing with building public confidence in the militancy-hit valley began its task today, meeting representatives of various political parties, ethnic groups and regions of Jammu and Kashmir. The closed-door meeting held here this morning with National Minority Commission chief Mohammad Hamid Ansari in the chair, discussed measures to improve the condition of people affected by militancy and schemes to rehabilitate orphans and widows, an official spokesman said. Issues relating to relaxation of conditions for those who have renounced militancy, an effective rehabilitation policy, including employment for Kashmiri Pandit migrants and considering the return of Kashmiri youth from areas controlled by Pakistan were also discussed. Ansari described the deliberations as useful, saying all the members expressed their views freely and frankly. All working groups constituted for the purpose would submit their recommendations to the Prime Minister for further consideration and decision, the spokesman said. The meeting was attended by representatives of National Conference, PDP, Congress, BSP, BJP, CPI-M, Panthers Party, Panun Kashmir, SGPC, PDF, LAHDC Kargil and other leaders. Five working groups were announced by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at the concluding session of Srinagar roundtable conference on May 25, and Jammu and Kashmir government had nominated the heads of these groups early this month.