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Govt, CAG officials among illegal occupants of govt houses

The directorate of estates has asked the unauthorized occupants to vacate the houses immediately
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First Published: Tue, Nov 27 2012. 09 32 AM IST
The directorate of estates has published a list of 442 unauthorized occupants, which includes a number of retired senior government officials, currently serving officials and journalists, some of whom have been living in government houses not meant for them from as far back as 1992. Photo: Pradeep Gaur/Mint
The directorate of estates has published a list of 442 unauthorized occupants, which includes a number of retired senior government officials, currently serving officials and journalists, some of whom have been living in government houses not meant for them from as far back as 1992. Photo: Pradeep Gaur/Mint
Updated: Tue, Nov 27 2012. 06 01 PM IST
New Delhi: Former union minister Buta Singh, Joint secretary (coal) R.K Mahajan, Prasar Bharti CEO Jawahar Sircar, Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) director general R.B. Sinha, additional deputy CAG Rekha Gupta and a group of senior journalists are among the 442 unauthorized occupants of government houses, according to a list published by the directorate of estates.
The list was published in The Times of India on Tuesday as directed by the Supreme Court which had acted on a special leave petition.
The directorate of estates has asked the unauthorized occupants to vacate the houses immediately.
The list also has a number of retired senior government officials, currently serving officials and journalists, some of whom have been living in government accommodation not meant for them from as far back as 1992.
To be sure, it is likely that some of them were allotted these houses on a provisional basis by a friendly administration. And some of them may be living in government houses of a kind (there are at least seven kinds of government houses, depending on the seniority of officials) not meant for them simply because the estates department is yet to find them government houses that they are entitled to.
Buta Singh and H.S. Hanspal, former member of the National Commission for Minorities, are occupying type VII houses, the most luxurious among government houses.
Mint could not immediately contact any of the people on the list.
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