Name mix-up leads to political skirmish

Srinagar: What is in a name? A lot if it happens to be the name of your political rival’s son and whom you think you can use to dent the father’s political standing.
Last week, a NC supporter filed a complaint with the Kulgam deputy commissioner’s office that former PDP minister Abdul Majid Padder’s son is among the beneficiaries of a government flagship housing scheme for the rural poor.
The scheme allows a grant of Rs 74,000 to the rural poor for construction of a house. Subsequently, a probe was initiated. However, preliminary investigations have found that it as a case of mistaken identity.
Actually, the complainant had mistaken Nawaz Ahmad Padder son of a farmer, Abdul Majeed Padder of DH Pora, Kulgam, for Shahnawaz Majeed Padder son of the former PDP minister. Both Padders are neighbours.
Nawaz, a Below Poverty Line beneficiary, resides along with his wife in a shed.
But when Nawaz’s name was cleared along with two other beneficiaries in December last year, it turned into a political battle. This battle has prompted the beneficiary to publish his credentials along with a photograph in newspapers to clear the air.
“The complaint doesn’t hold any weight. He (Nawaz) is a farmer and is entitled for IAY scheme. Nawaz as well as his father is a namesake of MLA Noorabad and his son. So the confusion prevailed,” said Kulgam’s assistant commissioner development Abdul Rashid Mir.
A senior official in the district corroborated Mir, insisting the beneficiary is not MLA Padder’s son but a poor man from his neighborhood.
The PDP minister blamed a relative of NC south Kashmir president and former NC minister Sakeena Itoo for “manufacturing this controversy”.
Itoo, however, dismissed Padder’s statement, saying, “It is for officials to investigate because the officials order went viral.”