Noida authority to name, shame babus who have not paid Rs 200 crore rent
The Noida authority has decided to name and shame serving and retired government officers who have not paid rent for government flats and bungalows, by putting their details online. These officers owe a total of Rs200 crore as rent to the personnel department of the Noida authority, according officials.
The financial department has written to the department of personnel to provide specific details regarding everyone who has not cleared rent dues. As of now, the financial department estimates that roughly Rs200 crore needs to be recovered from IAS, PCS officers and other government employees.
The authority has started making efforts to recover the rent after chief minister Yogi Adityanath’s instructions to fix all irregularities.
“We need fresh details of rent dues from the personnel department that has the onus of maintaining such records. We have sought details in writing from the personnel department, which allots flats or bungalows. Once the details of each defaulter is ready, we will upload them on our website so that they are shamed into paying their dues,” said a Noida authority official.
The authority’s financial controller, Manmohan Mishra, refused to comment on the issue, but confirmed that “around Rs200 crore needs to be recovered.”
This is the first time that the authority will put a defaulting officers’ list online. In another first, the authority’s chief executive officer (CEO), Amit Mohan Prasad, has directed both the financial and personnel departments to ensure that rent dues are recovered without further delay. In the past, no CEO or official made efforts to recover rent from defaulting employees.
“An official, after transfer from the present posting, cannot draw his/her first salary at the new office without paying the house rent due. We will fix responsibility as to who in the personnel department had issued a no-objection certificate (NOC) to these officials without getting the (rent) dues cleared,” said another authority official.
An audit report of the authority states that three to four authority officials turn defaulters every year and the authority suffers a huge loss as a result.
According to officials, another major irregularity is that the Noida authority has not revised rent for government accommodation since 1990.
“As per rules, rent for government houses should be revised after every few years. However, in Noida, the rent has not been revised for 27 years to benefit authority officials,” said an official.