January 2008 News

Package for Kashmiri Pandits discussed

23 January 2008
The Hindu

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday reviewed the progress achieved in the implementation of the recommendations of the working groups that were set up in the wake of the Roundtable Conference on Jammu and Kashmir. Dr. Singh held a review meeting attended by Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad and National Security Advisor M.K. Narayanan. He reviewed the suggestions made by the Standing Committee and the Oversight and Monitoring Mechanism that were set up after the third Roundtable Conference on Jammu and Kashmir held here in April last year, sources in the government said. The Standing Committee and the Monitoring Mechanism were set up to ensure the implementation of the suggestions made by the working groups. The Prime Minister made inquiries about the problems of specific groups such as Kashmiri Pandits and other migrants and specific regions such as Ladakh. A relief package for Kashmiri Pandits and support for dependents of the militants killed in police encounters were among some of the measures that were discussed during the high-level meeting. The package was expected to be implemented after holding consultations with other Central Ministries including the Finance Ministry, the sources said.

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