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New NCP ministers have no offices, homes

Surendra P Gangan, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, June 15, 2013
First Published: 09:53 IST(15/6/2013) | Last Updated: 09:55 IST(15/6/2013)

The six new Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) ministers inducted in the council of ministers earlier this week will have to work from temporary offices and stay in temporary accommodations for the next few days. 

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While the new ministers were to occupy the offices vacated by their predecessors, the ministers are yet to be officially allocated space in the Mantralaya.

The general administration department officials said the final directive on the allocation will be issued after a nod by chief minister Prithviraj Chavan.

Shashikant Shinde, water resources (Krishna Valley) minister, started working from the cabin of Ramraje Naik-Nimbalkar, but did not occupy the chair of the minister.

“Official allotment has not been done yet. The cabins may be changed as per convenience,” he said on Friday.

The ministers — three of them cabinet ministers and the others of the rank of minister of state — are currently staying in 1,600 sqft area flats in a newly-constructed building at Rocky Hill Complex, Malabar Hill.

The government had to make provisions as the ministers that have been dropped are yet to vacate their bungalows.

Of the six ministers that were dropped earlier this week from the cabinet, five live in sprawling bungalows measuring between 1,400 and 2,000 square ft opposite the Mantralaya. 

The outgoing ministers get 15 days to vacate the premises after their resignation. They are entitled to get a three-month extension, but have to pay a rent of Rs. 5 per sqft  as well as pay for using facilities such as gas, electricity, water and telephone.

Personal assistants of Babanrao Pachpute and Laxmanrao Dhobale said they have started shifting from the bungalows.

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