Centre to introduce bill to speed up Lutyens’ eviction

Economic Times, July 08, 2019

The Bill to amend the 1971 legislation will be introduced this week; make it easier to evict overstaying officials.

The Centre will introduce an amendment bill this week to make it easier for the government to evict squatters, including overstaying former MPs and ministers and even secretary-level officials, from government accommodation in Lutyens’ Delhi. The housing and urban affairs ministry will introduce the Public Premises (Eviction of Unauthorised Occupants) Amendment Bill, which would amend the 1971 legislation and make it easier for the government to evict overstaying officials and free up houses.

Amendments to three major sections in the Act would help the government in starting eviction proceedings within three days of the term of the official ending. At present, the process takes five to seven weeks, and several years if the official files an appeal against eviction in a civil court, a senior ministry official said.

There is a shortage of 13,000 government residential accommodation and the estimated waiting time for serving employees is eight to 10 years, according to the ministry.

As per the proposed procedure for eviction from residential accommodation, an estate officer (under the ministry’s directorate of estates) would issue a written show-cause notice to a person if he is in unauthorised occupation of a residential accommodation. The notice would require the person to show cause why an eviction order should not be made against him within three working days.

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