Detenues: Central, J&K Officials To Meet Today
21 March 2006
The Indian Express
New Delhi: Following Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's directives, a joint meeting of the officials of the Union Home Ministry and Jammu and Kashmir Government will be held tomorrow to finalise the list of detenues to be released. The state government has submitted a list of more than 400 people for screening, out of which names of 40 to 45 people have been cleared and they would be released on or before March 31, official sources said, adding that the meeting would be held in Jammu. The Prime Minister, during the round-table conference convened by him on Kashmir on February 25, had asked Home Minister Shivraj Patil to form a high-level committee of officials to examine all current cases of detention and release of detenues, who are not facing serious charges, by March 31. Following this, the government revived a high-level committee, headed by Special Secretary in Union Home Ministry, with State Chief Secretary and Financial Commissioner (Home), State Police Chief and Additional Director General (CID) as its members, they said. Singh, in his concluding remarks at the conference, had said, 'I do recognise that we should carry on the task of winning the hearts and minds of the people. The problem of detention under various Acts is certainly an issue of concern. 'I am requesting the Home Minister to form a high-level group of officials to examine all current cases of detention and see whether it is possible to release all detenues against whom there are no serious cases. I think that this should be done before the end of March. I am sure this will go a long way in assuaging the feelings of the people,' he had said.