Government officials found subletting their official accommodation will, now, not only have to shell out a hefty penalty but may also stand to lose their job.
With complaints galore of central government employees letting out their official residences without authorization, the Union urban development ministry has decided to crack the whip and make penalties much more severe in the Allotment of Government Residences (General Pool in Delhi) Rules 1963.
In the amended rules if an official is found subletting not only would the allotment be cancelled and the official debarred from future allotment but the Directorate of Estates (DoE), under the UD ministry, will also issue direction and send a draft chargesheet to the administrative office concerned of the allottee for initiating departmental proceedings.
The office of the allottee would have to inform the DoE about the details of the charges framed and penalty imposed on the official.
Under the existing rules, the DoE used to just inform the administrative office of the allottee of the violation and left it to them to take action.
More often than not, either no action was taken or the official was let off lightly after minor punishment like cancellation of allotment.
Also, now DoE will charge hefty damage fees and recover two times of damages from the allottee from the date of inspection if the allotted house has been found sublet.
Also, the new rules will allow an allottee to share the residence or any of the out-houses, garages only with his family and immediate relations.
The old rules allowed officers to share their residence with other central government employees eligible for general pool accommodation.
Between 2011, 2012 and 2013, the ministry has received 4075 complaints from across India of officers subletting their government accommodation.
Of this action was taken only in 1402 cases.
Delhi topped the list where maximum 3583 complaint were received followed by Mumbai (260) and Faridabad (132).