HYDERABAD: Nearly 130 all-India service officers who own houses in the city will have to vacate their 'official accommodation' by November. If they fail to comply, then they will have to pay three times more than the actual rent (Rs 5,000).
These officers have reportedly let out their properties on princely sums, while enjoying the benefits of government accommodation.
The state government has shortlisted the names of 130 all-India service officers, including IAS and IPS officers, staying at government properties in Kundanbagh, Erramanzil Colony, Punjagutta and Banjara Hills.
It is learnt that several IAS and IPS officers have given their houses to private persons on a hefty rent of Rs 50,000 to Rs 80,000 a month. The state government had allotted house sites to bureaucrats at Prashasan Nagar and also extended house building advances (HBA).
Though they constructed the buildings with loans extended by the government and according to their taste, instead of occupying them, they thought it made better business sense to let them out while continuing to stay at government accommodation.
"Neighbouring states like Tamil Nadu and Karnataka provide accommodation only to those officers who do not own houses. But in our state, though guidelines are in place, due to involvement of a few senior officers, who are close to the chief minister, the rules are not being implemented," a top official in the general administration (accom) department (GAD) told 'TOI.'
"Around 70 IAS and IPS officers, staying in private houses in the city, met chief secretary J Harinarayan last month and made an appeal to allot them government quarters. They also complained that their seniors, who own houses in the city, were enjoying government accommodation," he said. "Though the state government cancelled GO Ms No. 199 G.A (Accom) Dept dated 30/04/2005 issued by then chief secretary Mohan Kanda and issued a new GO Ms No. 342 in May 2007, it will be strictly implemented only from November," he said.
According to the new GO, all-India service officers and employees who own a house either in the twin cities or within 8 km of Hyderabad and are staying in government accommodation, would have to vacate by November. "If they continue to occupy government accommodation, then they will have to pay Rs 15,000 for the first two months and Rs 20,000 thereafter. Also, the government would initiate disciplinary action against them, the GO said.
"Notices will be served to the officers in the next few days," said an official of the Estate Office, Government Quarters, Hyderabad district.
However, many 'squatters' might hold on to government accommodation and even dare to pay the penal rent as they would still make a neat profit at the end of each month.
I think one should examine the issue in a more practical and humanitarian view.All India services oficers are liable to be transferred on All India basis too often. The honest one construct a house for his final settlement at a chosen place when they are in a position to build a house there. In many cases they are transferred even while the construction is in progress. So there is no question of occupying that house till they retire.They have no choice other than renting it out often to repay the loan and of course to avail tax benefits. I do not think it right on the part of government to refuce government accommodation or order to evict just becuase they own a house unless the government can ensure that they will be posted in such a way that they are able to stay in their own house till they retire. Of course the case is different in the cases of those who manage to building houses in availing the benefits at all places of their posting to rent it out and sell it later. So long as the officer owns only one appropriate house in his name it is unfair on the part of government to resort to such eviction..
Just a small addition, All India Service Officers are liable to be transferred only in their cadre (state) and on deputation they might go out of state. There services are IAS, IPS, and Indian Forest Service. Rest all come under Central Service, and they are liable to be transferred all over India. These services include IRS, IRTS, IRS (C&CE), IRAS, IAAS e.t.c.
You are right. But if one examine the cases of IAS and IPS officers , in theory they are on deputation, on various factors they land up in Delhi and other places for considerable time. Even when they are in their state cadre, the politicians move them fron one corner of the state to other on various grounds. Consider an hypothetical case of an IAS or IPS officer of Madras cadre. He might have been from Madurai where he has planned to settle down on retirement. Naturally he might have constructructed a house in Madurai when he had the opportunity/facility. Naturally when he was posted else where in the stateitself he might have given it on rent. When he get a posting to Madhurai, by surprise or otherwise, it may not be that easy to vacate the tenant and even if he vacate them he is not sure as to how long he will be able to occupy that house. In any case he has to rent it out when he leave Madhurai. Any manof prudence willnot disturb a good tenant.How can the government refuce to give him a house at Madhurai when he posted at Madhurai just because he has planned his resetlement programme honestly. This incidence confirm my old belief that it is only the honest who is subjected to such rules and harrassement.