Bhubaneswar, Oct 24 (LocalWire): Twenty-two former lawmakers of Odisha Assembly continue to overstay at the government quarters in the city allotted to them during their stint as MLAs, according to the government general administration (GA) department’s reply to an RTI query.
The ex-MLAs who are yet to vacate the quarters despite notices by GA department also include Union minister Pratap Chandra Sarangi.
The unauthorized occupants of the government facility, according to RTI reply are, Sarojini Hembram, Saroj Kumar Samal, Sanjeeb Kumar Sahu, Sananda Marandi, Ramesh Chandra Majhi, Rabi Narayan Naik, Puspendra Singhdeo, Praveen Chandra Bhanjadeo, Pravat Kumar Tripathy, Nitesh Gangadeb, Nandini Devi, Mahesh Sahu, Kishor Chandra Tarai, Jugal Kishor Patnaik, Debashis Nayak, Damodar Rout, Bijayashree Routray, Bibhuti Bhusan Harichandan, Bhujabal Majhi, Late Bed Prakash Agrawal and Basant Kumar Panda.
Speaker S N Patro had directed former MLAs to vacate the premises or else face disconnection of electricity and water to the premises.
More than 20 newly elected MLAs are yet to be provided with accommodation as former MLAs continue to occupy the quarters.
Those MLAs who are waiting for their turn for allotment to government quarters have been provided temporary accommodation in the MLA guest houses and other government accommodation.
As per the General Administration department guideline, a former MLA has to vacate the quarter within one month of dissolution of the previous Assembly.