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    Chandigarh, June 9: In pursuant to the Newsline report, published on May 28, ‘House for widow: Army says yes, CHB no’, the Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) has, in a press release, confirmed that the process of cancellation of allotment to two women in the War Widow category has been initiated.

    The women were allotted two flats each against CHB regulations. But instead of accepting the mistake, the board has put the blame on the two women. The CHB press release states, “CHB relying upon their declaration made in the Application forms and affidavits, allotted the dwelling units to both the widows. Thus, both the above allottees got the second allotment by concealing the facts and submitting false affidavits. The process of issuing show cause notices for cancellation of dwelling unit to both the allottees has been initiated.” (sic)


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    These irregularities were revealed in an RTI application which was filed when the CHB denied allotment of a dwelling unit to Gurmit Kaur, a war widow. Newsline had reported that last year the CHB refused allotment under the War-Widow Category of the Administrator’s Discretionary quota to Kaur on the ground that she did not meet the 3-year Chandigarh residence requirement as per CHB rules. This condition is, however, waived for defence pensioners. CHB has not commented on the issue in the release.

    Newsline has also reported that the CHB had mentioned the names of Harwant Singh and Hoshiar Singh in the reply to the RTI application. These two were allotted houses in the war widow category. Now, the CHB officials are saying that it was a clerical mistake. “While supplying information to the applicant under the RTI Act, the names of these allottees who got dwelling units under the disability quota were inadvertently included,” officials said.

    These two persons were granted dwelling units under a different category, the officials claim, adding that they had clarified this mistake to Gurmit Kaur.

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    Chandigarh, June 5: “It is reiterated that no non-Chandigarh resident war widow till date has ever been allotted a dwelling unit,” said the Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) in a reply dated March 5 to an RTI application by Gurmit Kaur. A series of RTI applications later, and skeletons have tumbled out of the CHB closet.

    As reported earlier in Newsline on May 28 ‘House for widow: Army says yes, CHB no’, out of total 86 allotments by the CHB, 42 were given to non-residents. The CHB has now started the cancellation process of a war-widow who was allotted two units under the scheme after the Newsline expose. Further investigations have now revealed that another widow, Jaswant Kaur of Khanna, was also allotted two units — one in Maloya and one in Sector 52.

    The irregularities were discovered when a war widow was denied the three-year Chandigarh residence exemption applicable to defence pensioners on the ground that she was a family pensioner and not a defence pensioner. This was despite the Ministry of Defence declaring her a defence pensioner since she drew her pension from the defence services and her pension was a mere technical substitute of the pension her husband would have received had he been alive.

    While deserving war widows like Gurmit Kaur were refused their due under the rules, some other applicants of the Discretionary Quota were helped by completely brushing the applicable rules under the carpet.

    In the Discretionary Quota scheme floated in 2003, CHB officials strangely took a decision to “waive off the 3 year Chandigarh Residence condition for all applicants being a special scheme”. This, however, runs contrary to Regulation 6 of the CHB (Allotment, Management and Sale of Tenements) Regulations, 1979, which imposes the residence condition on all CHB schemes except for categories such as defence pensioners. Rather than enabling condition waivers, Regulation 6 on the contrary provides that additional conditions may be imposed through a gazette notification.

    Another question being raised in the defence circles is that what made the CHB grant a waiver of conditions in the Discretionary Quota Scheme of 2003 on the basis of being a ‘special scheme’ while not granting the same in the exactly parallel special scheme of the year 2005 in which Gurmit Kaur had applied.


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