In a push to evict ‘unauthorised residents’ from the government allocated bungalows, the Cabinet on Wednesday cleared the amendment to the Public Premises (Eviction of Unauthorised Occupants) Amendments Bill,1971. As per the amendment the existing prolonged procedure — of serving a notice, giving time for a show-cause, issuing a vacation order, giving time for vacation, followed by an option to appeal in lower courts — has now been cut short, as reported by The Indian Express. The clearance was given keeping in mind the shortage of government accommodation in Delhi.
Moreover, with this new rule, the government can evict even overstayed ministers within three days. One of the officials of the Urban Development (UD) Ministry said that the matter is taken directly to the High Court unlike previously. “Any appeal has to be made directly to the High Court, instead of the current process of appealing in lower courts, from where stay orders are easily procured,” The Indian Express quoted him as saying.
According to the reports, 8,000 units are to be vacated, out of which 1,500 residents don’t leave their accommodation even after the end of their terms. Even the CM of Goa, Manohar Parrikar has not vacated his bungalow yet. Also, currently, 70 cases of ministers procuring a stay order two years after the expiry of their terms have been witnessed. Presently, many ministers of the state like Subhash Ramrao Bhamre(Defence), Krishna Raj(Woman and Child Development), Ramdas Athawale (Social Justice), Mahendra Nath Pandey (HRD) and Ajay Tamta (Textile) have not been allotted the accommodation.