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J&K former chief ministers’ perks and privileges withdrawn

In an unexpected move by the government, Former Jammu and Kashmir chief ministers have been curbed off from various privileges and perks which included rent-free accommodation after the Centre repealed 138 legislations of the former state. These various privileges were entitled to four former chief ministers of Jammu and Kashmir which included Farooq Abdullah, Omar Abdullah, Mehbooba Mufti and Ghulam Nabi Azad.

With this amendment move, The former chief ministers who were entitled to rent-free furnished accommodation, expenditure to the limit of Rs 35,000 per annum for furnishing of the residential accommodation, free telephone calls up to the value of Rs 48,000 per annum, free electricity to the extent of Rs 1,500 per month, car, petrol, medical facilities, driver etc. hereafter will not be permitted to avail these services.

These various privileges and perks which are entitled to these former chief ministers of J&K under the Section 3-C of the act now have been omitted.

These provisions of the amendment were made through an official gazette notification which titled the J&K Reorganisation (an adaption of state laws)
Order-2020 .

As per reports, this unexpected move came after J&K Law Commission had recommended repeal of the legal provisions providing facilities to former chief ministers, saying these provisions “violate the constitutional principles of equality” and are “arbitrary and not in consonance with any scheme or law.”

– Christo Freddy for NMTV News



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