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House allotment: Govt proposes, MP disposes

delhi Updated: Sep 20, 2009 20:09 IST
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Housing the new MPs has become a daunting task for the government with many former lawmakers refusing to vacate bungalows and several newly elected representatives unwilling to accept the offered accommodation.

At least 100 new Lok Sabha members have asked for change of type of house allotted to them while 36 others are awaiting the present occupants, former MPs, to move out.

A senior Lok Sabha Housing Committee official, however, said, "The allotment has been made to all MPs as per the criteria. But, many have refused to accept the allotted house as they want bigger one."

"About 100 MPs have asked for a change in their allotment in North Avenue and South Avenue which is not possible. We cannot violate rules laid down by the Parliament and the committee," he added.

According to the official, Patna MP Shatrughan Sinha was offered a type VII bungalow as a former minister and first time Lok Sabha MP, but he wanted a type VIII bungalow.

Similarly, Navjot Singh Siddhu and Anurag Thakur, both BJP MPs, were offered houses as per their entitlement but they did not accept the allotment seeking bigger accommodation.

Recently, BJP Rajya Sabha member Nand Kumar Sai was evicted from his South Avenue MP residence here on September 18 on the ground that he was no longer a Lok Sabha MP and was thus not entitled to it.