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 LS passes Bill to check illegal occupation of Govt quarters
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LS passes Bill to check illegal occupation of Govt quarters

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New Delhi, Jul 31: The Lok Sabha on Wednesday passed The Public Premises (Eviction of Unauthorised Occupants) Amendment Bill, 2019, after a heated debate on lawmakers and ministers not vacating their official residences after they cease to be in those positions.

Piloting the Bill, Urban Development and Housing Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said at times some senior leaders do not vacate the house, saying doing so will present them in 'poor light'.

'Many people say 'dekhi jayegi' (we will see) and they are ready to face notices,' he said.

At times, even ruling party MPs seemed to have different opinion with the minister, and Mr Puri later said he will write letters to members who have raised certain issues.

'I have good story to tell,' he said in connection with reluctance shown by former members and ministers to vacate houses on time.

Responding to queries from members including Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury (Congress) and Rajiv Pratap Rudy (BJP), he said the 1994 amendment was more ruthless but the present regime is pursuing the matter with a humane approach.

Also, after the Lok Sabha results were declared, members and former ministers were given two months to move to alternative arrangement and it was a matter of 'pride' that several BJP leaders had done so, he added.

The Bill amends the Public Premises (Eviction of Unauthorised Occupants) Act, 1971 which provides for the eviction of unauthorised occupants from public premises in certain cases. (UNI)