Situation in Kashmir would have been different, if recommendations acted upon: Padgoankar

Srinagar: Former interlocutor Dileep Padgoankar Saturday said that the present situation in Kashmir would have been different in case government of India would have acted upon atleast on some of the recommendations, made by a team of interlocutors in 2010.

Talking to KNS over phone, he said that team had made recommendations pertaining to economic, social, cultural and other concerns and aspirations of people of Jammu and Kashmir.

Padgoankar headed the interlocutors’ team comprising MM Ansari and Radha Kumar after 2010 unrest in Kashmir. The team produced its recommendations before the then Home Minister P Chidambaram on October 12, 2011.

“I have no doubt that the present situation in Kashmir would have been different if government of India would have acted upon the some of the recommendations made by the team of interlocutors which visited the state in 2010,” he said.

Speaking about the recent visit by All Party Delegation led by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh to Kashmir, he said: “There are already recommendations before the government of India pertaining to political, social, economical and cultural and other concerns and aspirations of the people of Jammu and Kashmir. Both union and state governments have to look into them and update some of them also. Much has been changed from the past few years as report was submitted in 2011. Central and state government must implement some of recommendations on priority.”

Asked their report was never produced before the union cabinet, he said: “I was not the part of government when we were appointed and sent as interlocutors to Jammu and Kashmir. We were appointed and sent by the union Home Ministry. Anyone appointed by Home Ministry is itself appointed by government of India as Home Ministry is, in fact, the part of government of India. So, it was upto government to decide what to do with the recommendations made.”

He added that the government of India must have acted upon some of the recommendations when the report was submitted before it. (KNS)

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