dna exclusive: Callous babus ensure that a noble idea falls flat

Thursday, 26 December 2013 - 1:42pm IST | Place: Bangalore | Agency: DNA
Occupy flats meant for needy, aged soldiers.

An old age home meant for soldiers in their twilight years has been turned into a guest house for top officials of the state Department of Sainik Welfare and Resettlement (DSWR).

The department bought two three-bedroomed flats at the National Games Village (NGV) complex in Koramangala from Karnataka Housing Board ten years ago for the purpose of accommodating needy and aged ex-servicemen. But some officials of the department are occupying the apartments in Cauvery block of NGV (flat no 307 and 308) and are misusing them by converting them into guest houses.

Mandetira N Subramani, a retired non-commissioned officer of Indian Air Force, has lodged an official complaint with the DSWRon December 23 seeking redress.

“The flats are not being used for the purpose they were purchased for and it has come to our knowledge that some top officers of the department have occupied them  unauthorisedly,” he said.

An ex-serviceman, who did not want to be named, said the welfare programmes supposed to be implemented by the department are only on paper. “This is a case of fence eating crop and the flats are enjoyed by the well-off officials,” he said.

He also blamed the department top brass for the mess. “Had they converted it into the old age home soon after they were bought, the very issue of occupying illegally would not have arisen,” he added.

“It is been more than 10 years since they flats were bought and the purpose behind the purchase has not been achieved. The problem lies with the department top brass, who are also ex-servicemen, and who understand woes of ex-servicemen better than other state officials,” another ex military official added.

When dna contacted the director of DSWR, Capt Premkumar B Shetty, he said he would the investigating the case.”We are aware of this issue and the complaint I have received will be addressed soon,” he said. However, he would not identify officials who are using the flats as guest houses.

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