RTI reveals no house rent paid by leaders for overstay
In a reply to an application filed under the Right to Information (RTI) Act, the Department of Personnel and Administrative Reforms has accepted that many leaders and bureaucrats have not deposited the house rent to the state government.
The list of defaulters to the state government includes the former chief minister of Karnataka BS Yeddyurappa, Member of Parliament DB Chandre Gowda and former minister Shivannagouda Naik who have a due of around 25 lakh, 1.19 lakh and 5.48 lakh respectively. Apart from them, former Chief Secretary J Alexander is also a defaulter as per the reply.
Most of the cases of such default payment pertain to the rent of the government accommodation when they were no longer ministers. The government provides free of cost accommodation to the ministers but in case of former ministers, they have to pay full rent for as many days they stay in the official houses. After relinquishing office, a minister is given three months grace period to vacate at the completion of which rent is charged as per norms.