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Has Govt not dropped Sher-i-Kashmir title from SKICC?
Admin’s own statement causes large scale speculations, suspicion on its March 10 decision
5/26/2020 12:01:58 AM

JAMMU, May 25: Government’s recent statement has caused wide scale suspicions over whether more than two months ago has it dropped Sher-i-Kashmir from the name of Sher-i-Kashmir International Conference Centre (SKICC) and renamed it as the Kashmir International Conference Centre or not?.
On May 19, this year, the government came out with a detailed press statement in which a meeting to review the functioning of SKICC was chaired in Srinagar. What it seems to have ruthlessly undermined was the fact that SKICC is now just KICC. The government, however, in its own official report mentioned the place as SKICC. Such an action has caused wide scale suspicions over whether the government has really dropped Sher-i-Kashmir from the name of Sher-i-Kashmir International Conference Centre (SKICC) or not. “The government has itself made the earlier news as a wicked rumour. Thanks to the press statement it has sent on May 19, we have come to know that Sher-e-Kashmir is still there attached to the place and hasn’t been dropped,” says a scribe working for a New Delhi based newspaper.
The ‘Sher-i-Kashmir’ title was in reference to founder of National Conference and former Chief Minister Sheikh Abdullah. The Government-run facility on the banks of the Dal lake in Srinagar hosts conferences and ceremonies. The NC has hit out at the Government for erasing the name of its founder.
Prior to this, the government on January 25 issued an official notification in which it was announced that the Sher-e- Kashmir police medals awarded to police personnel for exemplary services shall be from now on called as Jammu and Kashmir Police Medals. Such an action was taken almost a month after the government removed December 5- birthday of NC founder- as the gazetted holiday in the erstwhile state.
Meanwhile, official sources told Early Times that the Government has no official record wherein the founder of the political party- National Conference- Late Sheikh Mohd Abdullah has been officially given title of "Sher-e-Kashmir". “There is no record available in any government file which can confirm that the government has ever conferred the title of Sher-e- Kashmir to Sheikh Abdullah. If there are government institutions or schemes that bear the name Sher-e-Kashmir, it means same has been done by the political parties who were in power and want the name Sher-e- Kashmir used. At official level no such title ever existed and if there is nothing like Sher-e- Kashmir existent, how could it be removed?,” says an official privy to the development.
The RTI application filed back in the year 2015 had asked the government whether the title Sher-e- Kashmir given to Sheikh Abdullah has been endorsed by the government. The PIO of GAD vide letter no. GAD/RTI (Adm.)/1553/2015 informed the RTI applicant that the Government has no such information available with it regarding the conferment of title of 'Sher-e-Kashmir' on Sheikh Mohd Abdullah.
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