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139 officials occupying government houses illegally in Chandigarh

Among those on the list are serving and retired officials from Punjab and Haryana governments, Punjab and Haryana high court, Chandigarh administration, Chandigarh municipal corporation and some central government departments.

punjab Updated: Aug 16, 2018 09:47 IST
Surender Sharma
Surender Sharma
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
government houses,Chandigarh,Punjab
The report revealed that some of the allotments were cancelled a decade ago, but were being occupied by the allottee.(HT File )

As many as 139 officials are occupying government houses without authorisation, a report by the Chandigarh administration has revealed.

Among those on the list are serving and retired officials from Punjab and Haryana governments, Punjab and Haryana high court, Chandigarh administration, Chandigarh municipal corporation and some central government departments.

The list was submitted on the directions of the high court, during proceedings against illegal occupation of government houses, which came to light in Punjab earlier this year.

The report revealed that some of the allotments were cancelled a decade ago, but were being occupied by the allottee.

Former director, fisheries, Haryana, Moola Ram’s allotment was cancelled on August 1, 2008, but he is still occupying the accommodation.

General manager, Haryana Roadways, Gurcharan Singh got two houses allotted to him. Though allotment of one of the houses was cancelled on November 7, 2014, he is yet to vacate the house. In some cases, the allottee is dead, and the house is in the possession of his or her family members, despite cancellation of allotment.

The administration submitted that it had decided to conduct door-to-door checking of all government houses of each type, starting September 1. During the drive, details such as Aadhaar card, addresses and date of birth, etc., will be verified, the administration said. It has also decided to check subletting of government houses by allottees.

The court was told that in cases of overstay, allotment was cancelled and eviction process was initiated. However, the report did not say in how many cases eviction proceedings were initiated. The report also did not talk about penal action taken against defaulting allottees.

Rules for evacuation

According to rules, in the case of retirement, dismissal and removal of service, the employee has to vacate the house in four months. In the case of transfer outside Chandigarh and outside India, it has to be vacated in six months. The period allowed is one year in the case of deputation outside India.

However, an employee does not need to vacate the house, if he or she is on training. In the case of death of employee, the family has to vacate the house within one year, extendable up to three years if the dependent does not own a house in the tricity.

First Published: Aug 16, 2018 09:45 IST