Retired babus to be fined for overstay in govt flat

Looking to counter the problem of officials illegally occupying official accommodation after retirement, the Delhi government has decided to impose penalties on employees who overstay in the houses beyond the permissible two months.

The Public Works Department has now decided to levy “damage charges” for the period of stay beyond two months, said an official.

“All retiring officers who are residing in government flat should apply for retention of house (post-retirement) well in advance, in any case, not later than two months of retirement (the period of retention on normal licence fees),” said a note circulated by Public Works Department.
 Sources said there have been several cases of retirement in which the allottees do not timely apply for retention of government flat.

Seek retention

“In some  cases the allottees stay beyond the date of retirement up to 8to 10 months and there after seek retention of government accommodation (ex post facto approval),” said an official in the administration department.

Now, the government has decided that the request for retention of a government house would be rejected if it is not received within two months of retirement of the allottee.

The AAP government has been trying to bring in optimal transparency in the process of allotment of government houses to officials.

Apart from an on-line mechanism for maintaining the date of priority of all employees eligible for housing, the government has also been paying attention towards housing for disabled officials also.

Initial allotment of 3 percent of clear vacancies in Type-I to IV residence is done to persons with disability. In addition to this, 2 percent in all of the clear vacancies is done on medical grounds if the applicant employee is suffering from specified diseases.

The government accommodation for officials is controlled under the provisions of the Delhi government’s Allotment of Government Residential (General Pool) Rules, 1977.

According to an official of the PWD’s allotment wing, the process of receiving applications for government accommodation for disabled employees and those seeking allotment on medical grounds was started last month.

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