Jammu: Willing to discuss all issues under “a constitutional framework”, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Friday said that the Centre recognizes genuine political and emotional grievances of the people of Jammu and Kashmir.

"We will always keep the interest of people of Jammu and Kashmir in our minds. We are willing to discuss all issues that have bearing on peace, dignity and well-being of the people of Jammu and Kashmir," he said.

Speaking at the convocation ceremony of the Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Sciences and Technology in Jammu he said, “There is no way forward but a sustained dialogue and resolution of all problems under a constitutional framework that I believe has the flexibility to accommodate honourable and durable solutions for all.”

Referring to the initiative taken by the Centre in J&K, the PM said that visit of an all-party delegation to the state last year was intended at bringing about a national consensus on some important problems.

He further stated that the problems of J&K are complex and each region of the state - Kashmir, Jammu and Ladakh - has its own problems which require attention.

Regarding development in J&K, he said, "As a part of our efforts to promote balanced  development of J&K, the Centre has set up Special Task Forces on Jammu and Ladakh regions".

While the reports of these task forces are being considered in consultation with the state government, the Centre has already made a budget provision of Rs 250 crore for implementation of the identified projects, he said.

"I am happy that state government has committed itself to early conduct of panchayat elections," he said, adding this will deepen the routes of democracy and ensure greater public participation in governance.

(Agency)