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Consider paying upkeep charges to allottees: HC Govt houses If implemented, staff will get grant for maintenance

August 04, 2018 05:49 AM

courstey  THE TRIBUNE AUG 4

Consider paying upkeep charges to allottees: HC
Govt houses If implemented, staff will get grant for maintenance
Saurabh Malik

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 3

The Punjab and Haryana High Court has asked the states of Haryana and Punjab, along with the UT administration, to consider making allottees responsible for the upkeep of government houses.
If implemented, government employees in this part of the region will get a flat grant for maintenance of houses and reimbursement for the repairs.
Taking up a petition on the issue of maintenance, Justice Rajiv Narain Raina added that the two states and the Union Territory could consider launching it as a pilot project.
In his detailed order, Justice Raina added that the allowance could be handed over according to the type of accommodation allotted to “with a standardised list of samples required for repair work”. Justice Raina added some other method could also be adopted for reimbursing the allottees according to “standardised expenditure” to keep the accommodation in good condition. Justice Raina also asked the UT counsel to confer with the administration the feasibility of launching the project and express it on the next date of hearing.
The direction came after some of the allottees claimed that complaints lodged by them with the officials concerned remained unattended even after three or four months. At times, the repairs carried out were not up to the mark.
The Bench noticed that some of the complaints were minor in nature and could be resolved within two or three days. Justice Raina also observed that feedback forms were not there to determine whether the complaints were attended to and the repair work was carried out to the satisfaction of the allottees.
Justice Raina’s Bench is currently hearing a petition in which a house in “inhabitable” condition was allotted to a High Court employee. On court’s asking, Joint-Registrar (General) Gulshan Khurana said no cell had been created in the High Court for receiving complaints.
“In these circumstances, the Registrar-General of this court is requested to open a grievance cell and depute sufficient staff on transferable basis under the supervision of the Joint-Registrar (General), so that the nodal officer appointed by the UT administration can submit the output of the complaints received and attended,” Justice Raina added.
The Bench during the course of hearing was told that Chandigarh employees opting for government accommodation have the choice of checking its condition online, with photographs of houses up for allotment being provided online.

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