5 Former Union Ministers Occupying Bungalows Express Willingness to Vacate Govt Accommodation: Officials

As many as five former union ministers, who still occupy bungalows over their rights, have announced they are ready to leave state housing in the national capital, housing and city officials said on Friday. They said that even the former Minister of Education Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, who recently received a eviction notice from the real estate directorate, has also arranged for him to leave the bungalow 27, Safdarjung Road.

According to officials, Pokhriyal’s bungalow has been allocated to Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia. Some other former ministers, such as Prakash Javadekar and Harsh Vardhan, have already announced to the ministry that they will leave their respective official bungalows.

“They will soon move to their eligible category (type VII bungalow),” said an official PTI. The official said there are currently about five Type VIII bungalows used by former ministers, adding that all had expressed a desire to leave them.

On Friday, the union’s housing and city affairs completed the process of evicting Chirag Paswan from the 12th, Janpath bungalow assigned his late father Ram Vilas Paswan in 1990. Speaking of housing rules for ministers and MPs, another senior official in the union. The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs said that type VIII bungalows were assigned to union ministers and senior members of the judiciary.

Former ministers are usually entitled to type VII housing. “Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha also have their housing committees that allocate government housing to their members from their own quota. There are also some type VIII bungalows with them (Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha housing committees), but MPs usually get bungalows that are smaller than category. VIII, pointed out an official.

The official said that there was a cabinet committee for residents who had the authority to allocate a state bungalow to a “private person” for security reasons and other reasons. In July 2020, senior congresswoman Priyanka Gandhi Vadra had been asked by the housing and cities union. the Ministry to evacuate its state housing after the center had withdrawn SPG protection.

“Those who are protected by the Special Protection Group (SPG) are entitled to state bungalows. Once their security protection has been withdrawn, they must hand over their accommodation,” the official said.

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