Thursday, January 13, 2011

Maharashtra government may frame one-bureaucrat-one flat rules

IN WHAT could be described as direct fallout of Adarsh Society scam, the government of Maharashtra has been mulling over framing new rules that will allow a bureaucrat to apply for only one flat under government schemes. There are suggestions that a blanket ban should be imposed on the allotment of apartments or land to bureaucrats’ relatives under any government’s concessionary scheme.
Deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar suggested that IAS or state officials would have to follow the one-bureaucrat-one flat norm, according to media reports. Under the current rules, one bureaucrat having a flat in Mumbai can also apply for flats in Navi Mumbai, Pune etc. under the government scheme as current rules allow a bureaucrat or politician to apply for a second flat in another district. In case of Mumbai, restrictions are limited only to the city.
In the wake of Adarsh scam, chief minister Prithviraj Chavan asked the JA Patil committee to submit recommendations to make the process of allotment of government land to housing societies more transparent.

11 IAS officers fail to disclose assets
After revealing the names of 851 Central Secretariat Service officers who failed to submit the annual Immovable Property Returns (IPR) for 2009, names of IAS officers have also cropped up for the same reason. Eleven senior IAS officers, including Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) commissioner and 1986 batch IAS officer Siddaiah, have failed to submit the assets and liabilities report for 2009-10, according to Karnataka chief minister BS Yeddyurappa’s written reply in Assembly.
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