Estates seeks removal of all ex-Ministers from its properties

Estates department Thursday said that all former ministers who are staying in government accommodation will have to vacate as per the orders of the committee formed after High Court directions last year.

“All former ministers will have to vacate the accommodation provided by the Estates department,” sources in the Estates department said. The ex-ministers who have been served notices to evacuate official residences include NC’s Abdul Rahim Rather, Mir Saifullah, Javaid Dar, Nasir Aslam Wani, Choudhary Mohammad Ramzan, Congress’s Peerzada Mohammad Sayeed, Abdul Gani Waki and Ghulam Ahmed Mir.

The government during late Mufti Mohammad Sayeed’s rule had formed committee of eight members that was headed by the Additional Director General of Police, Security, and had SSPs and DCs of Jammu and Srinagar cities and the director estates as its members. Committee was formed after the High court directions which came following the writ petition filed by some of the former ministers when they were asked by the government to vacate the official residences.

Director Estates Ghulam Nabi Itoo said that order of the committee to ask for evacuation was not implemented during previous government. “But when Governor rule was imposed, the ordered was implemented and the Estates Department started issuing notices,” the director said. He said that department has sent evacuation notices to all the former ministers as per the order issued during the Governor’s rule.

In this backdrop, the department issued evacuation notice to the JKPCC president G A Mir who vacated today the official residence at Friend’s Enclave a day before deadline which was set for April 15. JKPCC spokesman today said that Mir was asked to vacate the same by or before April 15 by the Mehbooba Mufti led Government on April 6, 2016.

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