Tribune News Service
Jammu, 29 January 2012. Union Minister for New and Renewable Energy and president of the National Conference Farooq Abdullah today said the report of interlocutors on Jammu and Kashmir should be tabled before the Cabinet Committee on Security for its review.
“The report on Jammu and Kashmir prepared by the three-member team of interlocutors must be first tabled before the Cabinet Committee on Security so that it can be reviewed,” Farooq told reporters on the sidelines of a function in which a large number of PDP workers joined the NC here this evening.
He said the report should be made public so as to hold a debate on it.
The Union Minister said after a review, the report could be discussed in Parliament, adding: “I will speak to the Union Minister for Home P Chidambram, to whom the report has to be submitted by the interlocutors, also on the issue.”
On the devolution of powers to panchayat members, Farooq said: “The elected panches and sarpanches will soon be empowered. The Speaker has to decide on the distribution of powers to the panchayat members and legislators.”
He said they both must play a constructive role in an overall development of the state.
On renewable energy projects, the Union Minister said: “The Centre is ready to provide 90 per cent funds but unfortunately so far no project has been sent by the state government to my ministry.”
On a survey conducted by the New Delhi-based Institute of Research on India and International Studies (IRIIS) in Kashmir, in which it was referred that corruption was the main issue before the youth, Farooq said: “I have not read the report. You better ask this question to the state government.”
Earlier, over 35 panches and sarpanches from Mendhar tehsil in Poonch district joined the National Conference at the party headquarters.