Bill for ‘smoother’ eviction of overstaying netas introduced in Lok Sabha
Among politicians, Himachal Pradesh chief minister Virbhadra Singh is overstaying in an official bungalow for over two years. Besides, 70 officials continue to occupy government houses two years after their tenure in Delhi got over or they retired.india Updated: Aug 01, 2017 00:27 IST
The government moved one step closer to rid its limited living spaces of squatters with the introduction of the Public Premises (Eviction of Unauthorised Occupants) Amendment Bill, 2017.
The changes to the law will ensure that ministers, Members of Parliament and bureaucrats, don’t overstay in government bungalows once their term is over.
Currently, among the politicians, Himachal Pradesh chief minister Virbhadra Singh is overstaying in an official bungalow for over two years. Besides, 70 officials continue to occupy government houses two years after their tenure in Delhi got over or they retired. All of them have moved court and got a stay.
Under the rules, a former minister can hold on to his or her official accommodation for a month after demitting office. Once the stipulated time to vacate the house is over, the Union Housing and Urban Affairs ministry takes about two months to initiate eviction proceedings.
“This gave ample time to squatters move district or high courts and get a stay delaying the whole process,” said a ministry official.
The amendments will ensure that the ministry starts summary eviction proceeding within three days after the stipulated time given to a former MP or a retired official is over. This will ensure smooth and speedy eviction of unauthorized occupants.
Also, the clause to approach district court has been removed. “It was an easy way to delay the whole process by getting a stay. Now, an unauthorized occupant can move only the High Court or Supreme Court, which requires time. It can’t happen in three days,” said another ministry official.
Former Union ministers and senior Congress leaders Ambika Soni and Kumari Selja had also unsuccessfully tried to get relief from the judiciary.