2 staff quarters sacrificed at Nagaland House, Delhi
DIMAPUR, APRIL 12: Despite explicit assertion by the Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs that there is a “huge shortage” of General Pool Residential Accommodation (GPRA) in New Delhi, Nagaland Government appears set to sacrifice two staff quarters out of the six it avails under the establishment of Resident Commissioner of New Delhi, as part of the GPRA, in order to allow one of the State’s top representatives to retain bungalow allotted to him.
Nagaland Page has learnt that the State Home Department has surrendered Quarter No. 1005, Block No. 19 at Lodhi Colony, New Delhi, in March last and Quarter No. 850 (Type-II), Sector-12 at RK Puram, New Delhi, in April, to the Directorate of Estates, Union Ministry of Urban Affairs.
As per documents available with this newspaper, this move by the State Government is to enable the retention of Bungalow No. 102 (Type-VII) at New Moti Bagh, New Delhi, in favour of said State Representative.
Reportedly, both the occupants of the staff quarters that have now been surrendered are lady employees of the Government of Nagaland.
It is also learnt that GPRA provision is meant for State Government employees only, not State Representatives.
Interestingly, on January 9, 2020, the Union Minister of State (I/C) for Housing and Urban Affairs, Civil Aviation, and Commerce and Industry, Hardeep S Puri had written to the Nagaland Government representative informing that “as per extant guidelines” State Representatives are not entitled for allotment of GPRA.
Also, presently there is huge shortage of General Pool accommodations in Delhi and many officers and dignitaries are waiting for allotment of their entitled type of accommodations. Further, against the quota of six units admissible to State Government officials, six officers of Nagaland Government have already been allotted Government accommodations in Delhi. Therefore, regrettably it has not been found feasible to accede to your request,” the letter read.
Again on March 18, 2020, the Deputy Director of Estates (CDN), Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, had written a letter to the Resident Commissioner of Nagaland House, New Delhi, reiterating that State Representative is not entitled for GPRA under State quota.
However, a letter from the Deputy Director of Estates to the Chief Secretary of Nagaland on August 17, 2020, stated that “in exceptional cases, accommodation of Type-VI could be considered only when State surrenders two slots in State quota…you are requested to make two slots available to consider the request (of retention of Bungalow No. 102 at New Moti Bagh, in New Delhi under State quota)”.
Also, another official document shows that when the Directorate of Estates allotted one of the quarters in 1996, one of the conditions it had set was that “this placement would automatically stand cancelled and the quarter will revert back (sic) to the General Pool in the event of its vacation” by the person to whom it was allotted “due to any reason such as transfer/retirement and etc., and the State Government will not allot it to any other person on its own which would be unauthorised”.
Calls made to the Principal Secretary of Home, Abhjit Sinha, since yesterday for clarification and further information, went unanswered.
(Page News Service)