Omar Abdullah seeks time to vacate Srinagar Gupkar Road government bungalow | India News

SRINAGAR: Former J&K chief minister Omar Abdullah has asked the secretary, hospitality, protocol and estates department, for eight to 10 weeks’ time to vacate his palatial government accommodation — comprising two adjacent houses, G-1 and G-5 — in Srinagar’s Gupkar Road.
“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 tweeted on Wednesday.
“Consequent upon the change in entitlements for former CMs of J&K some months ago, I now find myself in an unauthorised 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 had said in a July 31 letter to the secretary, hospitality, protocol and estates department.
Omar, also National Conference vice-president, has been in possession of the said bungalows since 2008. The houses were renovated and fitted these with expensive modern gadgetry, which cost the state exchequer, during his time as CM in 2010.
Former CMs of the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir were entitled to retain their government accommodation for life and even enjoy extraordinary privileges under earlier laws framed by Dr Farooq Abdullah and his brother in-law, Ghulam Mohammad Shah, when they were CMs.
Omar Abdullah owns his father’s and issueless deceased uncle’s houses in Gupkar Road; these are just five houses away from his government-owned accommodation G-1 and G-5. Omar preferred to live separately in his government accommodation, without any interference from the rest of his family members.
Omar, sources claimed, was asked earlier this year to vacate his government houses in view of the new rules brought about by the voiding of Article 370 of the Indian Constitution.
The official residence was first allotted to him in 2002 as MP from Srinagar and then after taking over as CM from 2009 to 2015.
Though another former CM, Mehbooba Mufti, is currently lodged in the “Fairview” government bungalow in Gupkar Road, the authorities have declared the accommodation a sub-jail. Mehbooba Mufti is under detention under the Public Safety Act.

[Source :Times of India]


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