Srinagar: Chief Minister Mehbooba on Monday confirmed that the ex-servicemen of Jammu and Kashmir have been demanding a residential colony but the government has not allotted land for it yet.
On the first day of opening of civil secretariat in Srinagar, Mehbooba said non-state subject soldiers have not demanded a colony in the state.
“Rumors are being spread (on Sainik Colony). The government has not allotted any land for it till date,” Mehbooba told reporters here.
Omar dares CM to prove him wrong
If you have the guts and truly believe this image is fake, file a case against me in the nearest police station today
former chief minister Omar Abdullah tweeted on Monday, reacting to Mehbooba’s remarks that whether Omar did not commit a mistake by posting image of Sainik Colony proposal documents on Twitter.
“If you haven’t filed a case against me in the next 24 hours the people will know who is lying in this matter @mehbooba_mufti. Truth prevails,” Omar wrote.
On August 2015, Kashmir Reader had reported the Rajya Sainik Board-led by Governor NN Vohra had cleared the proposal of the Sainik Colony on the outskirts of Srinagar during its 77th meeting in April last year. The Board had asked the Home department and Divisional Commissioner Kashmir to handover the land identified at Srinagar’s old airfield.
At the meeting, RSB secretary Brig (Retd) RS Langeh had informed the official members of the Board, including former J&K chief secretary Iqbal Khandey, that divisional commissioner Kashmir had agreed to allot 173 kanals of land on payment basis in old airfield area. The rush of soldiers, however, had prompted the Board to send a revised proposal seeking 350 kanals of land.
In a follow-up, the Home department had sent reminders to deputy commissioner Srinagar and Budgam about the colony in April 2016.
There here is no plan to construct a Sainik Colony but if ex-servicemen belonging to Jammu and Kashmir can be given a colony it should not be turned into a political issue. Impression is being given that as if people from entire India were being settled here. If there is such a proposal, only ex-servicemen state subjects will be there. But we haven’t thought about it yet.
Nirmal Singh, Deputy Chief Mnister
National Conference and separatists are raking up Sainik colony issue to befool people of Kashmir. If former chief minister Omar Abdullah can own properties in Delhi and other parts of the country, why cannot the kin of the martyred soldiers live in Jammu and Kashmir. J&K is an integral part of India and every Indian has the birth right to come and stay in the state. I will write to the Prime Minister and the Home Minister in this regard.
Ravinder Raina, BJP MLA
Resistance groups, Opposition and Bar association have warned of repercussions if a Sainik Colony is set up.
Replying to a query about former chief minister’s tweets showing images of the documents regarding the proposed colony, Mehbooba said she “hopes Omar Abdullah has not committed a mistake by leveling false allegations”.
“Omar Abdullah is not a common man but has been a chief minister. I hope that Omar hasn’t repeated his mistake in which he has referred to some papers (on Sainik Colony),” Mehbooba said adding that Omar had recently tweeted a picture about the uprising of 2010, which depicted youth beating up a policeman.
According to Mehbooba, her father late chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed allied with BJP for safeguarding the identity of Jammu and Kashmir.
“Be it prime minister or chief minister, nobody would dilute the special status of Jammu and Kashmir,” she added.
Mehbooba said that Supreme Court has observed that there will be no interference with the special status of the state on the NEET issue.