1. Virbhadra Singh, Farooq Abdullah asked to vacate government bungalows

Virbhadra Singh, Farooq Abdullah asked to vacate government bungalows

Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, former Union Minister Farooq Abdullah and the widow of late Congress leader Arjun Singh have been asked by the Urban Development Ministry to vacate the government bungalows occupied by them.

By: | New Delhi | Published: September 26, 2015 3:29 PM
Farooq Abdullah

Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, former Union Minister Farooq Abdullah and the widow of late Congress leader Arjun Singh have been asked by the Urban Development Ministry to vacate the government bungalows occupied by them. (Reuters)

Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, former Union Minister Farooq Abdullah and the widow of late Congress leader Arjun Singh have been asked by the Urban Development Ministry to vacate the government bungalows occupied by them.

The Cabinet Committee on Accommodation (CCA) had cancelled the allotment of the bungalow to HP CM Singh in April this year. But Singh continued to overstay, so the eviction notice was served by the Directorate of Estates.

According to a senior UD Ministry official, Singh has written to the Directorate of Estates to allow him to retain the house. Representative of the Himachal will meet meeting DoE official on September 29 to sort out the issue.

Besides Singh, the eviction notice has been served a few days ago to Abdullah and Arjun Singh’s widow Saroj Kumari, the official said.

Saroj was allowed to stay at Caning Lane bungalow after the Congress veteran died in 2011. The UPA government had allowed her to stay till 2016 while the NDA cancelled the allotment and asked her to vacate the house.

Abdullah continues to stay at the Teen Murti Lane house after demitting office in 2014.

The Home Ministry has conveyed verbally to the UD Ministry to let the National Conference leader stay on security grounds.

However, the UD Ministry now wants it in writing so that it could be sent to the CCA for a final decision, the official added.

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    Narendra M
    Sep 28, 2015 at 4:19 pm
    One cannot understand how former Ministers & former Members of Parliament (MPs) continue to use accommodation allotted to them when they were holding office as minister or were sitting MPs. It is disgraceful for these politicians to defy even eviction notices. The Central government must be very firm and ensure first that accommodation is vacated by these politicians and then to recover penal license fee for over-stay.
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