In a recent statement concerning the removal of his grandfather Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah’s name from the Kashmir International Conference Center, former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir and vice president of the National Conference Omar Abdullah said that while the lieutenant governor will eventually leave Jammu and Kashmir, we have to remain here permanently.
Jammu and Kashmir’s Lieutenant-Governor Manoj Sinha reacted to the statement, saying that those who criticize him are rich and dishonest. He stressed that his goal is to leave a lasting legacy of significant accomplishments, peace, development, and economic stability, rather than to live permanently in the Union Territory.
Sinha defended the PMAY-G scheme, which assists the homeless and landless, in response to Mehbooba Mufti’s accusation that it provides homes and land to outsiders as well. He disregarded these worries and blamed them on their incapacity to accept J&K’s prosperity.
According to him, after August 5, 2019, the historical pattern of corrupt political monsters acquiring thousands of acres of state land changed, and the revocation of the special status brought an end to the age of conflict profiteers and their businesses.
Sinha stressed the significance of creating a supportive environment for youth instead of provoking them. He acknowledged the hardship brought on by the conflict in J&K and vowed to adress people’s issues until they are resolved.
In a conversation with the local residents,Ajaz Ahmad Najar, a beneficiary of the PMAY-G program, pointed out that it doesn’t really matter to him whose name is on the structures, hospitals, or stadiums; what counts is that he has a place to live and access to basic necessities, both of which he lacks. He stated that he sought assistance from everyone he could find, but no one offered it to him, and that he had previously lived in a shed made of tin sheets, both in the bone-chilling winters and the bone-melting summers. According to him, Manoj Sinha, the lieutenant governor of Jammu and Kashmir, is the sole political figure working to improve the lives of the underprivileged in that region.
Suhail Ahmad Bhat, another resident, stated that regardless of whose political figure’s name is on a building, what matters is that we have access to the fundamental necessities that the current administration provides us. According to him, he has never seen a leadership concerned much for its citizens during his lifetime. Earlier governments, he claimed, were only concerned with accommodating the powerful and lining their own assets.
It is important to note that the controversy started when the government decided to rename the Sheri-i-Kashmir International Conferencing Center, which is located on Boulevard Road in Kashmir, to Kashmir International Conferencing Center.