Azad meets PM, HM on implementation of WG recommendations

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New Delhi, Apr 11 (UNI) Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad called on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Home Minister Shivraj Patil and discussed the implementation of the recommendations of the Working Groups on Jammu and Kashmir.

Mr Azad urged for early implementation of the recommendations made by four of the five Working Groups, set up by the Prime Minister in 2006, and said the ''benefits must reach the people fast''.

The fifth working group-- on Centre-State relations-- is yet to submit its suggestions.

The meetings were held a day after the Chief Minister chaired a high level meeting with State civil and police top brass at Jammu where these recommendations were discussed in detail.

The issues taken up during both the meetings include recommendations on militancy -affected orphans and widows, rehabilitation of Kashmiri Pandits, issues related with refugees of 1947 from West Pakistan and of 1947, 1965 and 1971 from PoK and compensation of land under defence ditches and border fencing, besides enhancement of rent for land and orchards under the use of Army.

Mr Azad thanked the Prime Minister for the Central government accepting all the recommendations of the State government for massive hike in rent of land and orchards under Army's use in the state.

In his meeting with the Home Minister, Mr Azad discussed the Prime Minister's two-day visit to Jammu on April 25 during which he is scheduled to inaugurate the 390 MW Dul-Hasti power project in Kishtwar and a bridge over the Chenab river in Akhnoor.

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