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Motilal Vora told to vacate government houses

Tuesday, 19 August 2014 - 6:40am IST | Place: New Delhi | Agency: dna

After dna reported on August 7 that Congress party treasurer Motilal Vora has eight government houses in Delhi, the minister has been served notice to vacate them.

Kirit Somaiya, the chairman of the housing committee of Parliament, has directed the office to issue eviction notices to all occupants of government houses. Vora and Gujarat MP Alka Kshatriya have already been served notices for overstaying in the guest houses.

The housing committee has decided to review its policy on giving out government houses as guest accommodations. Such houses are given to MPs to provide temporary accommodation to people from their constituencies for three months. But currently these houses continue to be in the possession of MPs for years together.

Vora and other MPs have been sponsoring guest accommodations to oblige their personal and party colleagues. The house committee of Rajya Sabha has now sent eviction notices to all occupants and sponsors. "The occupants and sponsors have been given 15 days to vacate the house, failing which the directorate of estates of the urban development ministry has been asked to get the houses forcefully vacated," said a senior Rajya Sabha housing committee officer.

The veteran Congress leader has been popular in party circles for providing a roof in Delhi to several former MPs and party workers who otherwise have no grounds for holding on to a government house in the capital.

With Kamal Nath being the minister for urban development in the UPA II, Vora's office would write a letter to Nath for providing government accommodation to party colleagues. Without a hitch, these houses would be approved and would be given an extension conveniently every three months. Most of the people occupying the bungalows are either former MPs or their kin.

With BJP now in power, the government has transferred the directorate of estates, who was known to be close to former minister Kamal Nath.

The new directorate of estates, meanwhile, has received orders to initiate eviction proceedings against two of the 46 guest occupants. One of which belongs to Vora and the other to Gujarat MP Alka Kshatriya.

"The two occupants have requested us for one more week," an urban development ministry official said.




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