NEW DELHI: The Parliamentary Committee has taken a tough stand on former MPs occupying the government bungalow despite being sassed. The committee has ordered MPs to vacate the bungalow within three days. Lok Sabha Housing Committee Chairman CR Patil said that if they do not vacate within the stipulated time, their electricity, water and gas connections will be disconnected. Chairman Patil said that a decision to this effect was taken at the committee meeting on Monday.
In fact, a day earlier, there were reports that more than 200 former Lok Sabha MPs have not vacated their official residence so far. As per the rule, former MPs are to vacate their official accommodation within a month of dissolution of the Lok Sabha. It may be mentioned that after the formation of the Modi government for the second time, President Ram Nath Kovind dissolved the 16th Lok Sabha on May 25 on the recommendation of the Union Cabinet.
According to sources, more than 200 former MPs have not vacated the bungalows allotted in 2014 due to which new MPs are not getting houses. Nearly three months have passed since the 16th Lok Sabha term ended, but more than 200 former MPs have so far not vacated the bungalows allotted to Lutyens. In the 17th Lok Sabha, there are 260 members who have been elected for the first time. As per rules, former MPs have to vacate the bungalow within one month of the expiry of the term of the Lok Sabha. Many new MPs are staying in the guest house as the bungalow is not vacant.
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