Action against those not vacating  accommodation: Hardeep Puri

Action against those not vacating accommodation: Hardeep Puri

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New Delhi, Jul 31: The government on Wednesday asserted that firm actions will be taken against people "no matter who they are" and are continuing not to vacate the government bungalows allocated to them under 'designation accommodation' scheme.

"Designated accommodation is only meant for certain specified people. If certain families choose to keep on to a house or certain officials do it, I will not subscribe to that. I assure the House that if some people are utilizing loopholes in the system to do that, we will move against those people, no matter who they are, whether officials or Members of Parliament," Urban Development and Housing Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said in Lok Sabha during the debate on The Public Premises (Eviction of Unauthorised Occupants) Amendment Bill.

He said such exemplary actions were required as this is what is required to ensure "equity and justice". "So, I am very clear that it will be done," he said in reply to questions from BJP member Rajiv Pratap Rudy.
The Bill was later passed by voice vote.

Mr Puri also said he will send "written replies" to all the questions raised during the debate when several members spoke on various issues related to eviction of the government residential buildings.

"If you want, I will even circulate them because I think we have a good story to tell them; and also, it is in the interest of full disclosure and transparency that what we are saying should be made known to all. I will be sending the replies in writing as well," Mr Puri asserted.

Among others, BJP lawmaker Parvesh Sahib Singh Verma said some people have developed a habit of not vacating government bungalows.

In this context, he sought to put the blame on Congress President Rahul Gandhi and his family members for 'occupying big bungalows'.

Though Mr Verma did not take any names, his words implied that he meant Congress president Rahul Gandhi and his family members.

In contrast amid objections from some Congress members, the West Delhi lawmaker said several BJP leaders including the likes of Arun Jaitley, Sushma Swaraj, Shivraj Singh Chouhan and even Late Sahib Singh Verma (the lawmaker's father) had vacated their houses soon after they ceased to be authorized occupants.

"Even former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's family members had vacated the official residence within four weeks of his death," Mr Verma said. Mr Rudy said former Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan also has vacated her designated residence allocated to the presiding officer of the Lower House.

West Delhi lawmaker Verma also demanded that a Special Investigation Team (SIT) be set up to take appropriate actions against mosques, graveyards and 'Mazars' those are erected on government land without proper authorisation. (UNI)