SRINAGAR: Former J&Ok chief minister Omar Abdullah has requested the secretary, hospitality, protocol and estates division, for eight to 10 weeks’ time to vacate his palatial authorities lodging — comprising two adjoining homes, G-1 and G-5 — in Srinagar’s Gupkar […]
“My letter to the J&Ok administration. I might be vacating my authorities lodging in Srinagar earlier than the tip of October. The purpose to notice is that opposite to tales planted within the media final yr, I obtained no discover to vacate & have chosen to take action of my very own accord,” he tweeted on Wednesday.
“Consequent upon the change in entitlements for former CMs of J&Ok some months in the past, I now discover myself in an unauthorised occupation of this lodging as no try has been made to regularise the allotment to me on safety or every other grounds. It is a scenario that’s unacceptable to me,” he had mentioned in a July 31 letter to the secretary, hospitality, protocol and estates division.
Omar, additionally Nationwide Convention vice-president, has been in possession of the mentioned bungalows since 2008. The homes have been renovated and fitted these with costly fashionable gadgetry, which price the state exchequer, throughout his time as CM in 2010.
Former CMs of the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir have been entitled to retain their authorities lodging for all times and even take pleasure in extraordinary privileges beneath earlier legal guidelines framed by Dr Farooq Abdullah and his brother in-law, Ghulam Mohammad Shah, once they have been CMs.
Omar Abdullah owns his father’s and issueless deceased uncle’s homes in Gupkar Street; these are simply 5 homes away from his government-owned lodging G-1 and G-5. Omar most well-liked to stay individually in his authorities lodging, with none interference from the remainder of his members of the family.
Omar, sources claimed, was requested earlier this yr to vacate his authorities homes in view of the brand new guidelines led to by the voiding of Article 370 of the Indian Structure.
The official residence was first allotted to him in 2002 as MP from Srinagar after which after taking on as CM from 2009 to 2015.
Although one other former CM, Mehbooba Mufti, is at the moment lodged within the “Fairview” authorities bungalow in Gupkar Street, the authorities have declared the lodging a sub-jail. Mehbooba Mufti is beneath detention beneath the Public Security Act.