Govt warns illegal occupants of official quarters

To ensure speedy eviction of illegal occupants of its accommodation, the state Government has decided to impose heavy penal rents on unauthorized occupants with immediate effect.

In this regard, the Estates Department on Thursday issued a detailed SoP. If the official accommodation is not vacated by the illegal occupant within one week of issuance of final eviction notice, penal rent five times of the prescribed rent shall be charged for the first month of the overstay, an official statement quoted the SoP.

If the accommodation is not vacated after expiry of first month, the penal rent 10 times of the prescribed rent shall be charged for next two months and if the accommodation is not vacated even after three months, the enhanced penal rent of 20 times or as per market rates in vogue, to be worked out by Public Works (R&B) Department, whichever is higher, shall be charged, said the statement.

“A number of illegal occupants of Estates accommodation have neither vacated the official accommodation occupied by them nor responded to the communications/notices issued by the Estates department from time to time,” said the statement, adding the illegal occupation of Government accommodation also infringes upon rights of other genuine claimants, who are in need of government accommodation for smooth discharge of their duties.

However, the continued unauthorized occupation of the accommodation has created avoidable difficulties for the Estates Department in providing accommodation to such bonafide employees, the statement said.

Therefore, in a stern warning, the Estates Department has asked all unauthorized occupants to either vacate the accommodation immediately or be prepared to pay the penal rents. The Department has issued directions to its field staff for implementation of the SoP in letter and spirit, adding the Department will be periodically reviewing the matter to enforce the SoP.