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Sharma meets over 15 delegations in Jammu

The Central Government representative Dineshwar Sharma on Thursday held talks with more than 15 delegations of civil society and politicians here.

Sharma arrived here on Tuesday and met Governor N N Vohra at the Raj Bhawan. He briefed the Governor about his visits to the state and the viewpoints put forth before him by different sections of the society in view of prevailing situation in the state with suggestions.

This is Sharma’s third visit to the state of Jammu and Kashmir.

After his previous visits, the interlocutor had suggested for the release of first time stone-pelters following which Mehbooba Mufti headed Government initiated the process.

Sources however, said that the delegations of MLAs, MLCs, All India Migrant Camp Coordination Committee, J&K Gujjar United Front, Border residents of R S Pura and Marheen, Jammu Heritage Society, All J&K Scheduled Caste Welfare Society, International Human Rights Organisation, J&K, Drama Artists Association, Jammu, Jammu West Assembly Movement, All J&K Contractual Lecturers Forum, Railway Doctors Association Jammu, All J&K Home Guards Welfare Association, Kargil War Porters Welfare Association, Udhampur, National Mazdoor Conference, Shrimoni Akali Dal (Amritsar) and Jammu Muslim Front (J&K) besides two individuals met Mr Sharma.

Sharma was appointed by the Centre to hold talks with different sections of the society on Kashmir Earlier in 2009 during UPA government regime in the Centre, three interlocutors Dilip Padgaonkar, Radha Kumar and M M Ansari were appointed to meet people.

They also submitted report to the Ministry of Home Affairs on Kashmir situation with suggestions.

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti had termed the appointment of Special Representative by the Centre is a major step to sustain dialogue in the state.

Terming dialogue as the only way ahead, the Chief Minister had said that appointment of Mr Sharma, with the rank of Cabinet Secretary, as interlocutor last year was a major decision to undertake sustained dialogue in the State.

He has been appointed to carry forward the dialogue process in the State in a sustained manner and the need of the hour is to get the State out of the vicious cycle of violence.

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