Glaring disparity in rental charges

Govt accommodation

Legislators Pay 10 Times Less Than State Employees

AKSHAY AZAD

Jammu, Jan 16: Reflecting how politicians are availing huge concessions at the expense of public money, the state government is charging ten times less rent from the legislators than the employees for different types of government accommodations.
Sources in the civil secretariat told Greater Kashmir that the disparity between rent paid by employees and legislators was around 10 times.  “As per government order No 19-Est of 2012, a government employee has to pay Rs 1200 for one room accommodation while a legislator is charged  only Rs. 224 for  the same,” sources said, adding that other category of tenants,  including journalists, politicians and common men, who were given government accommodations, have to pay Rs. 448 for one room.
They further said that for two rooms set, a government employee has to pay Rs. 1798 against Rs. 348 being paid by a legislator and Rs. 696 by other categories for the same. “There is huge difference between the salary of legislators and government employees but the partial attitude of law makers is responsible for this partiality with employee section,” rued an employee.
He said even the gazetted officers have to pay more rent than legislators. “For three rooms set a government employee has to pay Rs. 3265 while   the legislator pays only Rs. 550 and those  falling under other categories Rs. 1100 for the same,” sources said.
Similarly for type-V accommodations (independent quarters), a government officer has to pay Rs. 10,120  against a meager amount of Rs. 1600 being charged from the legislator while the other category people have to pay Rs. 3200.
An employee said 20 percent House Rent Allowance (HRA) given by government was being deducted from the salary and it also varies from employee to employee, depending upon the length of service and basic pay. “But surprisingly there is no such norm for legislators,” he said. The employees said that they had many times suggested introduction of flat rates for all types of accommodation with uniform rent for all the tenants, including politicians, employees, legislators and others. “But our pleas have been ignored,” they said.

Lastupdate on : Wed, 16 Jan 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Wed, 16 Jan 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Thu, 17 Jan 2013 00:00:00 IST




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