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Mehbooba Says no Plan to Establish Sainik Colony in Kashmir

File image of J-K CM Mehbooba Mufti (Photo: Getty Images)

File image of J-K CM Mehbooba Mufti (Photo: Getty Images)

The PDP-BJP government had asserted that it has not allotted any land for establishing Sainik colony housing project for ex-servicemen in the Valley and slammed such claims saying they were "highly motivated" and "aimed at disturbing peace".

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has clarified that there is no proposal for establishing a Sainik Colony for retired defence personnel in Kashmir Valley.

Mehbooba cleared that no land has been allotted for Sainik Colony. "The demand for it is not by soldiers from outside the state. This is merely a demand as of now. The government has not allotted any land for it till this date," she said.

Mehbooba's predecessor Omar Abdullah had claimed that the state government wanted to set up Sainik Colony for retired defence personnel belonging to the state. The opposition has been saying that ex-servicemen belonging to the state have been demanding land for a housing colony.

Abdullah's National Conference has claimed that there is "unambiguous proof" in official records and wondered if it was an effort to cover up People's Democratic Party's tacit understanding with its partner Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on the sensitive issue.

"There is unambiguous proof that successive PDP-BJP governments headed by Late Mufti Mohammad Sayeed and (now) Mehbooba Mufti were involved in the process of allocating hundreds of kanals of land for the proposed Sainik Colony in Srinagar," National Conference spokesperson Junaid Mattu said on Sunday.

He said official documents "prove it beyond any reasonable doubt" that the process of identification of land for such colony, from the initial allocation of 173 kanals (about nine hectares) to the subsequent 350 kanals (about 18 hectares), was initiated twice in 2015 and 2016.

"Late Mufti Mohammad Sayeed took oath of office on March 1 in 2015. The very next month, the Divisional Commissioner (Kashmir) in a letter on April 10 agreed in principle to provide 173 kanals of land for the proposed 'Sainik Colony' in Srinagar and Budgam districts. This is not a matter of speculation or hypothesis, it is a matter of official record," the NC spokesperson said.

The PDP-BJP government had on Saturday asserted that it has not allotted any land for establishing Sainik colony housing project for ex-servicemen in the Valley and slammed such claims saying they were "highly motivated" and "aimed at disturbing peace".


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