Srinagar: Although government spokesman and PDP leader Naeem Akhtar recently said the government never planned to build a colony for retired soldiers, the BJP on Saturday said a Sainik Colony will be set up in Kashmir for the soldiers who are state subjects. The government of India will come up with a solution to the re-settlement of Pandits as well, BJP state president Sat Sharma said.
Sainik Colony for former servicemen will be established in Kashmir on the pattern of the one that has been set up in Jammu, he said.
“Definitely, government will think about it and a colony for state subject Sainiks will be set up in Kashmir. It won’t be a problem neither it should be a problem to anyone as soldiers are guarding our boundaries irrespective of caste, colour and creed,” he told Kashmir Reader.
Sharma said the saffron party is taking the issue of Sainik Colony seriously because “we are alive due to Sainiks protecting the borders.”
Proposal for setting up Sainik Colony has put government under strain as the resistance group had warned of 2008-like agitation. The government, of which BJP is an alliance partner, had come up with multiple denials on setting up a soldiers’ colony. Last year, a soldiers’ panel, Rajya Sainik Board led by the Governor N N Vohra had okayed setting up Sainik Colony at Srinagar’s old airfield Last month, the Home department had reminded deputy commissioner Srinagar and Budgam for allocating 173 Kanals of land. Opposition National Conference president Omar Abdullah had termed Sainik Colony a ruse for settling outsiders.
Along with the Colony, the government had also denied setting up exclusive colonies for Pandits.
However, Sharma insisted the BJP-led government of India will come up with a solution to the re-settlement of migrant Pandits in Kashmir.
“We are taking the issue of settling Pandits seriously and their resettlement will be according to their wishes. The central government as well as state government will settle them in the Valley,” he added.