Ex-Ministers Enjoying Govt Houses: SAC Seeks Report

SRINAGAR: Cracking the whip, the State Accountability Commission (SAC) has urgently sought details from the government about the number of former ministers and legislators occupying official accommodation.

The Commission has given the director of the Estates Department until December 20 to furnish the report, and clarify whether such occupation was allowed under law.

 The order comes over a complaint about a large number of former ministers and ex-members of both houses of the legislator enjoying posh government accommodation in the summer and winter capitals at public expense.

Naming Abdul Aziz Zargar, Yogesh Sahni, Gaurav Ram, Dr. Romesh Sharma, Haji Nisar Ali, Mula Ram, Peer Muhammad Hussain, Ghulam Rasool Kar, Abdul Rasheed Dar, Qaisar Jamshed Lone, Abdul Rahmad Takroo, and a number of others, the SAC has asked for details of the ex-ministers’ and legislators’ rent arrears and whether they had a legal right to government quarters after demitting office.  

The Commission has also ordered the Estates director to notify the number of private buildings hired by the government to accommodate government officials and the expenses incurred in the arrangement.

It has further asked to be informed whether rent in these cases had been revised. 

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