Now, private persons will be entitled to government accommodation on security considerations only if they are covered by Special Protection Group (SPG).
In a written reply in Lok Sabha on Wednesday, minister of state for urban development, Babul Supriyo said that the criteria for allocation of government houses on security considerations has been changed making only SPG protectees eligible for such consideration. A special license fee shall be charged for such accommodation.
At present only three private persons — Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi, MS Bitta, chairman of All India Anti Terrorist Front and KPS Gill, former DGP of Punjab Police have been given government houses for security reasons. The urban development ministry has amended the criteria for allotment of government accommodation which would allow only Priyanka Gandhi to live in her government bungalow.
The protectees will not be required to surrender their own houses in Delhi in lieu of allocation of government accommodation. The home ministry examines in each case if the allotment of government accommodation to a person on security consideration is in public interest and if the security threat to such persons has emanated from the duties performed in public office in the past.