New Delhi, Oct 23: Home Minister Rajnath Singh today said that sustained dialogue in Jammu and Kashmir will take off soon. Former Intelligence Bureau director Dineshwar Sharma appointed as the Centre’s representative. Here are the 10 major takeaways from his speech:
1.The government is going to start a sustained dialogue and for this purpose, Former IB director, Dineshwar Sharma will lead the talks on the behalf of government. The government is going to address the legitimate apprehensions of the state populace and try to restore peace in the valley, he said. 2. The outreach process will begin soon, with a special focus on the youth of Kashmir. The government representative, Mr. Dineshwar Sharma, will have all the rights to engage whatever parties he wishes to.
3. Rank of former IB Director Dineshwar Sharma will be equivalent to that of a Cabinet Secy: HM Rajnath Singh
4. As a representative of Government of India, D Sharma will initiate sustained interaction an dialogue to understand legitimate aspirations of people in J&K: HM
5. Rank of former IB Director Dineshwar Sharma will be equivalent to that of a Cabinet Secy: HM Rajnath Singh
6. Dineshwar Sharma, the former IB director who will represent the governmentin the dialogue with all stakeholders in Kashmir, said that he wished to meet the expectatoions of the government and people.
7. Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Farooq Abdullah termed the government's move to initiate a dialogue with stakeholders a "good one" but took a swipe at the Centre, saying it had taken a "U-turn".
8. Abdullah also said that it was good that the government finally realised "it was a political problem"
9.It's a big responsibility, hope I live up to expectations: Dineshwar Sharma to ANI on appointment as GoI representative for dialogue in J&K
10. "With appointment of interlocutor, I hope government has finally admitted 'muscular approach' has failed in J&K," P Chidambaram