‘Took this decision out of my own says Omar Abdullah’
Srinagar: The former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir Omar Abdullah took to Twitter on Wednesday, to announce that he would be vacating his government accommodation at Gupkar before the end of October.
In his letter posted on his personal twitter handle, he said that he is voluntarily vacating the government accommodation provided to him 18 years ago due to the change in rules of entitlement in the union territory. He also shared the letter which he wrote to the J&K administration and insisted that he is doing so out of his own choice and will.
The former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister put out a tweet through his official handle to put an end to rumours in the media that he had received a “notice to vacate” the accommodation, in his tweet he wrote that, “My letter to the J&K administration. I will be vacating my government accommodation in Srinagar before the end of October. The point to note is that contrary to stories planted in the media last year I received no notice to vacate & have chosen to do so of my own accord.”
He further stated in his letter that the search for a suitable alternate accommodation is on and is taking longer because of the constraints caused by Covid-19. However, he expressed confidence that the house-hunting process will be completed in 8-10 weeks.
“Consequent upon the change in entitlements for former CMs of J&K some months ago, I now find myself in an unauthorized occupation of this accommodation as no attempt has been made to regularise the allotment to me on security or any other grounds. This is a situation that is unacceptable to me,” he said.
Abdullah said he has never held on to any government property that he was not entitled to and “I have no intention to start now.”
However the letter posted on the personal twitter handle of former Chief Minister of erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir reads as, “This is with reference to government accommodation on Gupkar road, Srinagar. I was allotted house G-1 in 2002 in my capacity as Member of Parliament representing Srinagar constituency. Subsequent to my elections CM in 2008, the adjoining house was renovated and the complex of G-1 and G-5 was used as the official CM residence from October 2010 onwards. I continued to remain in occupation of this accommodation subsequent to my demitting the office of CM in January 2015 as the rules allowed for me to retain an accommodation in Srinagar or Jammu and I choose to retain an accommodation in Srinagar.
The letter also reads as, “Consequent upon the change of entitlement for former CMs of J&K some months ago, I now find myself in unauthorised occupation of this accommodation as no attempt has been made to regularise the allotment to me on security or other grounds. This is a situation that is unacceptable to me. I have never held on to any government property I was not entitled to and I have no intention to start now.”
It further stated that, “This is to inform you that I have begun the search for a suitable alternative accommodation. The process is taking longer because of the constraints caused by COVID-19. I intend to complete the process in 8-10 weeks and should be in a position to hand over the Gupkar road accommodation accordingly.”
The Former chief ministers in erstwhile Jammu and Kashmir State were entitled to government accommodation either in Jammu or Srinagar but this entitlement was withdrawn by the administration earlier this year.