Sainik Colony: ‘Demand for Land from State Subjects Not Acceded to Yet,’ says CM

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Jammu and Kashmir Kashmir Chief Minister, Ms Mehbooba Mufti addressing  media during the opening of offices as part of the Darbar Move, shifting the capital from Jammu to Srinagar, on Monday. Government offices in Kashmir reopened in Srinagar after spending the winter months in the State's winter capital, Jammu. PHOTO BY BILAL BAHADUR
Chief Minister, Ms Mehbooba Mufti addressing media during the opening of offices as part of the Darbar Move in Srinagar on  May 09, 2016. KL Image: BILAL BAHADUR

Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti Monday admitted that the retired state subject army men have been demanding land for residential colony, but the government has “not allotted” land for establishing Sainik Colony.

“The demand for the Sainik Colony is from ex-servicemen who are state subjects. No ex-serviceman from outside J&K has demanded land for Sainik Colony,” CM Ms Mehbooba told reporters at civil secretariat after receiving “guard of honour”.

“But till date the government has not allotted any for establishing Sainik Colony,” she said.

However, CM Mehbooba asserted that “no power will go against the special status of Jammu and Kashmir”. “Whether it is the chief minister or the Prime Minister, nobody can go against the special status of the state,” she said.

Reiterating her father, late Mufti Mohammad Sayeed’s decision for allying with right wing Hindu nationalist BJP, she said that her father took a “difficult decision not for damaging the identity of the state but for safeguarding the identity of Jammu and Kashmir”.

The chief minister appealed people for “helping the government in maintaining peace in the state”.

“People should not believe in rumours. I appeal common masses to give us a chance for maintaining peace in the state and support us in taking it out of the quagmire,” she said. (KNS)

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