J&K Situation Has Seen 'appreciable Improvement': Govt
22 May 2007
New Delhi: Insisting that situation in Jammu and Kashmir has seen 'appreciable improvement', Government today said it is trying to 'understand the causes of dissatisfaction' and is working to find lasting solutions to the problems of the state 'distressed by terrorism'. In its report card on completion of three years in office, the Congress-led government said the state has seen 'healing touch' over the last few years and dialogue with various shades of opinion has led to 'relieving the sense of alienation' among some people. 'There has been appreciable improvement in the law and order situation (in Jammu and Kashmir). The number of incidents of violence, civilians and security personnel killed and persons kidnapped have registered significant decline,' the government said. 'We have been effectively engaging with as many political and other groups as possible to understand the underlying causes of dissatisfaction,' the government said. Referring to the Roundtable Conferences involving various shades of opinion of the state, it said these conclaves have 'thrown light on some of the issues'. The government is engaged in talks, including at the highest level, with a large number of political groups in both (Jammu and Kashmir) regions. These talks have 'progressed in a constructive manner and have contributed to relieving the sense of alienation among some of our people', it said.