SRINAGAR: A group of relatives of Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti are under scanner as Anantnag Deputy Commissioner (DC) on Monday formed a committee to look into discrepancies in a list of flood relief beneficiaries.
Kashmir Reader had on Monday reported that several members of a Mufti family had been included in a list of “shopkeepere” to whom cash relief was given by the revenue department in Bijbehara, Mehbooba Mufti’s hometown.
Most of the people in the list had received cash relief to the tune of upto Rs 50,000 despite owning no shop anywhere in Anantnag district.
Kashmir Reader’s detailed story on Monday pointed out how individuals named Shujaat Hussain Mufti, Mohsin Mufti, Zakir Hussain Shah — all cousins of the Chief Minister — received compensation for flood damage to their non-existent shops.
The said people were contacted by Kashmir Reader before publishing the story.
Mohsin Mufti had said that he was not a kiryana (general store) shop owner as listed by the Revenue Department but had incurred losses in his construction business during the floods.
Zakir Hussain, however, made fun of the reporter and said he sold rat-poison and earthen lamps in Pahalgam.
Following the story, Zakir and Mohsin made several calls to the reporter. Zakir was furious that his name had been mentioned in the story.
“How come you used my name in the story? You have defamed me,” he told the reporter on phone.
Many political workers of the PDP and people close to the party have also received compensation in this manner.
“Housewives have been listed as shopkeepers in the list. The list was meant to only benefit the people close to the ruling party,” sources in revenue department told Kashmir Reader.
Following Kashmir Reader’s report, the Anantnag Deputy Commissioner (DC), Muhammad Younis Malik, formed a committee to look into the discrepancies.
“An inquiry committee headed by ADDC will inquire about it, and will submit a report in time-bound manner. He will be assisted by SDM Bijbehara,” Younis told Kashmir Reader.