59 former Ministers and bureaucrats permitted to retain their official bungalows
As per the reply to an application filed under the Right to Information (RTI) Act as many as 59 former Ministers and bureaucrats were permitted to retain their official bungalow by the UPA government in a decision taken just a couple of weeks before the elections. As per the information provided by the Directorate of Estates (under the Ministry of Urban Development) the Cabinet Committee for Accommodation (CCA), cleared 59 cases for allotment of government accommodation in February, 2014. The beneficiaries include:
· former Union Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav who was permitted to retain the bunglow till October 2014.
· former Union Minister Lalu Buta Singh was permitted to retain his 11A Teen Murti Marg residence on a heavily subsidised rent at Rs. 58,500 from Rs. 1,06,603 from January 2014.
· the family of the late K. Karunakaran,
· the family of the late the late Sis Ram Ola, and
· former Food Corporation of India head, Amar Singh was allowed to retain his accommodation beyond the permissible period.
The reply shows that the Governor of Manipur V.K. Duggal, has two government houses in his name - a bungalow was allotted at Chanakyapuri after his other allotment on Uma Shankar Dikshit Marg was cancelled.
Activists have pointed to the misuse of the powers to allot bungalows and there appears very little transparency in the allocation of this public resource.