Amendments to AFSPA pending before Cabinet panel: Chidambaram

Chidambaram said his ministry had proposed three amendments to the law,but refused to elaborate.

Written by Agencies | Jammu | Published: April 10, 2012 7:29 pm

Union Home Minister P Chidambaram today said his ministry has sought amendments in the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) which were pending before the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS).

“Ministry of Home Affairs has proposed three amendments in AFSPA. They are under consideration of CCS,” he told reporters here.

However,he did not elaborate on the nature of the amendments that have been proposed.

Chidambaram was on a day-long visit to Jammu and Kashmir to review the security situation in the state.

Chief Minister Omar Abdullah is pressing strongly for the revocation of AFSPA and reducing the footprint of security forces in the state in a phased manner.

Chidambaram also said the report of the Centre’s interlocutors on Kashmir would be made public after the CCS considers it.

“Interlocutors’ report,As I said in Delhi,will be made public after the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) has considered the matter,” Chidambaram told reporters here today and refused to take further questions on the issue.

Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has pitched for making the report public,holding debate on it and thereafter implementing the recommendations.

“We want the interlocutors’ report to be made a public document and talks be held on it. After that,its recommendations should be implemented,” Omar had told reporters here on Saturday last.

The three interlocutors on Jammu and Kashmir had submitted their report to Chidambaram in New Delhi on October 12,2011,laying down a roadmap for the government to address all issues pertaining to the state.

The report was handed over to Chidambaram by the team comprising noted journalist Dilip Padgaonkar,former Information Commissioner M M Ansari and noted academician Radha Kumar.

The report has been submitted within the timeframe of one year given by the government to the interlocutors who were appointed after an all-party meeting held in 2010.

Before submitting the report,Padgaonkar had said it would only suggest a “roadmap” and that it was up to the government to carry forward the recommendations.

Though the panel did not meet any prominent separatist leader except former Hurriyat Chairman Maulana Abas Ansari,the report has taken into account both mainstream and off-stream opinions,and in particular,various inputs from both Hurriyat factions.

The interlocutors had met nearly 700 delegations during the last one year besides holding three round-table conferences and attending three gatherings.

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