Home, hearth issues add to MPs’ troubles

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Jul 24, 2014 00:51 IST

The reason behind the fracas between Shiv Sena MP Rajan Vichare and the Maharshtra Sadan staff over quality of food served could be the new MPs not getting their allotted bungalows.

As a result, most of the MPs have to be dependent on the food that is served rather than having their own home cooks.

Several MPs are forced to stay in the transit accommodation made available to them in the respective state bhavans, guest houses, and government-run ITDC hotels like the Ashoka. So far, just 130 ex-MPs have vacated the official bungalows allotted to them.

The urban development (UD) ministry had set a one month deadline for the former MPs to vacate their official accommodation. With a majority failing to comply, the ministry extended the deadline by another month till July 26.

“Despite two days left for the extended deadline to expire, 25 former ministers and 128 former MPs are yet to vacate their official homes,” said a ministry official.

Ministry officials said that if netas do not vacate their house by July 26, the government would be left with no alternative but to start eviction proceedings against them.

The ministry has completed allotment of bungalows to a majority of the 45 Union ministers in the new government. But only a handful of the allotted bungalows have been vacated.

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