NEW DELHI - Embroiled in controversies, Indian Home Minister P Chidambaram seems to be in no mood to put the Kashmir interlocutors’ report in the public domain, lest it opens another can of worms.

The group of interlocutors led by noted journalist Dileep Padgaonkar and comprising Radha Kumar and MM Ansari, who met him in his office last week, had reportedly pressed the minister for making the report public. But they could not elicit any promise from the minister, who, however, asked them to remain available for a possible all-party meeting, for explaining provisions to the leaders.

 “The report has been put in cold storage. We have no idea when it will be made public,” an interlocutor said. But, what has exuded confidence in them is that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh — having recently identified Held Kashmir as one amongst dozen thrust areas for his continuous monitoring —may convene an all-party meeting and take critical decisions on the implementation of this report.

The interlucators calls for immediate revival of dialogue with the separatists at the earliest. “The recommendations be discussed with authorities in Pakistan as well,” the reports says.

According to report, held Kashmir should be made a bridge between the south and central Asia. This includes opening of all routes across the LoC and easing trade and travel. The development of joint institutions across the LoC for development, resource generation and other matters is also necessary.

What has raised hackles in the government circles is the interlocutors’ recommendations to set up three separate regional councils of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh and reorganisation of the state assembly with equal number of seats to three regions. Not only does it amount to communal division of the state, but it would also end Held Valley’s political edge in the assembly, creating another bout of instability in the Muslim-dominated regions.

Recommending setting up of a constitutional committee to renegotiate a political pact between the Centre and Held Kashmir government, the report also calls for granting “financial autonomy” and renegotiating a financial arrangement.

The report, while rejecting changing nomenclatures of governor and chief minister in English, however, says the nomenclature could be changed solely used in communication in Urdu. So a governor can be called as Sadre-e-Riyasat and chief minister as Wazir-e-Azam, but only, while communicating in Urdu. The report also rejects chief minister Omar Abdullah’s oft repeated assertion disassociating a political solution with governance.

“Governance and political solution cannot be seen in isolation,” says an interlocutor. During the course of their study, they found the attitude of officials lackadaisical, resulting in perpetual deprivation of services and believing it was a cause of frustration and unhappiness.

 The report concludes that no political outfit, whether mainstream or off-stream, could claim to be the sole spokesman of the people of the held Valley, let alone of the state as a whole.