Sainik colony issue first discussed during Omar’s regime but no land was allocated: Mehbooba Mufti
Srinagar, May 10 (GNS): Amid simmering row over Sainik colony establishment proposal, the Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Tuesday revealed that the issue was first time discussed during the regime of Omar Abdullah but no land allotment was made for the colony then or now.
The Chief Minister according to GNS was addressing a gathering after inaugurating a coffee shop at Nehru Park in Srinagar. She said during the time of Omar Abdullah the issue was discussed in a meeting for the first time but no development took place further.
“During that meeting, it was said that the former Sainiks of Jammu and Kashmir should be allotted land for living. He (Omar) directed that these ex-servicemen should be given some place somewhere,” Mehbooba revealed but quickly added that no decision was taken following the meet.
The Chief Minister also revealed that Governor NN Vohra held a meeting after which army was asked to look for land for this Colony as there is no available land in Srinagar. However, Mehbooba said, she was ill and didn’t attend the said meeting. “No decision of land allocation was taken and this is what truth is,” she said.
The Chief Minister urged the people of Kashmir not to pay heed to “rumors” floating on social networking site, Facebook and newspapers. She asked people to contact her directly to ascertain facts, saying, “I don’t lie, nor did my father or my party men.”
Mehbooba claimed that nothing pertaining to land allocation was discussed so far. She said reports which suggested that State Government allocated land for the Sainik Colony are wrong. (GNS)