NEW DELHI: Articulation concern over the strife in Jammu and Kashmir, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday required to reach out to the people there, saying their grievances have to be addressed and promised talks inside the Indian Constitution with those who abjure violence.
As his government weighs options to contract with the situation in Kashmir, Manmohan Singh emphasised on the need for better delivery of services and generating avenues for economic progression of the populace of the state.
“Unrest in the state of Jammu and Kashmir over the last few weeks is a matter of concern. The youth of Kashmir are our people and their grievances have to be addressed,” he told top commanders of the armed forces at a meeting here.
“We are eager to talk to every person or group which abjures violence, within the structure of our Constitution,” Manmohan sing said.
Singh, though , made no talk about of the contentious Armed Forces Special Powers Act (Act), whose withdrawal from the state is being sought by Chief Minister Omar Abdullah.
The Prime Minister is predictable to discuss this subject at the Cabinet Committee on Security.
Army, supported by Defence Minister A K Antony, is powerfully opposed to the revocation or dilution of the law, arguing that the situation in the state was not conducive for such a step.
Antony had spoken these views at the Congress Core Committee meeting chaired by party chief Sonia Gandhi last Friday. The group was alienated on the issue, with Home Minister P Chidambaram backing the suggestion for partial removal of the special law that gives far-reaching powers and immunity to the security workers .