Even PM house behind on bills, owes Rs 3,000

NDMC sends reminder to recover water, power dues

 Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s residence at 7 Race Course Road has a pending arrear ofRs 3,000 against unpaid water and power bills which the NDMC is trying to recover by sending a “reminder”.

According to sources, notwithstanding the high-profile occupant of the property in the heart of the city, the procedure for informing about the arrears is being followed.“The dues might have resulted due to a slip-up on the part of the staff at the prime minister’s residence. We have written a letter to bring the matter to the notice of the people concerned,” said an official in the New Delhi Municipal Council.Altogether, sitting MPs owe over Rs 50 lakh in arrears while former parliamentarians are yet to clear Rs 5 crore arrears against unpaid water and power bills.Normally, while dealing with arrears of MPs, the civic agency sends a reminder to their personal assistants and the speaker of Lok Sabha or the chairman of Rajya Sabha.Officials denied adopting a softer approach towards MPs, as compared to other citizens, for recovering arrears.“There is a procedure which we need to follow to intimate MPs about clearing the arrears without any further delay,” said a senior official. “This is the protocol,” he said.Sources said with former MPs, the civic agency plans to take up the matter more strictly. 
“In cases where we see that they are delaying payment of arrears, we prepare to take legal action.”

“This is public money and its recovery needs to be dealt with strictly,” said an official in the commercial wing of the civic agency.

The official said every rupee of public money needs to be recovered. “Sometimes to recover arrears, we need to chase family members of former MPs who have died,” he said.

Though the list of MPs who are yet to clear their arrears is long, some of the names include Jainarain Prasad Nishad — Rs 11,10,437.6, G V Harsha Kumar — Rs 1,84,053.83, Arun S Yadav — Rs 1,12,682.95 and Bijoya Chakravarty — Rs 71,858.05.DH News Service

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