Raghav Chadha's Bungalow: What are the rules of house allotment to MPs, why did Raghav Chadha get the notice? - Newztezz Online

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Raghav Chadha's Bungalow: What are the rules of house allotment to MPs, why did Raghav Chadha get the notice?


The rule says that on becoming an MP for the first time, Type-V houses are usually allotted. But in this case of Raghav Chadha, the screw is also that he was first allotted a Type-VII bungalow and then a notice to cancel it was issued.

Aam Aadmi Party's Rajya Sabha MP Raghav Chadha has got relief from the Patiala House Court in the bungalow dispute but it is not a permanent relief. The court has said that the bungalow cannot be vacated without legal process. Raghav Chadha became a Rajya Sabha MP in September last year. After which he was allotted a Type-VII bungalow on Pandara Road in New Delhi, but in March a notice for cancellation of that allotment was issued.

Raghav Chadha said that he did not understand the puzzle as to why the bungalow which was allotted in his name only a few months ago, was given a notice to cancel and vacate it so soon? It was only after this that Raghav Chadha had approached the court, from where he got relief.

How is the allotment of Bungalow done?

The allotment of bungalows to MPs is done through the Central Directorate of Housing and Urban Affairs, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs. Even allotment of residences to Union Ministers, senior officers of the Central Government and heads of National Commissions is also done through this medium.

Both the Houses of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha have a House Committee consisting of MPs for allotment and cancellation of bungalows. Similarly, the Supreme Court has its own pool of allotment of bungalows for judges as well.

How strong is Raghav Chadha's case?

First-time Rajya Sabha MPs like Raghav Chadha are usually allotted Type-V bungalows or single flats. First-time MPs are allotted flats either in BD Marg or North and South Avenue. Type V also has four categories - A, B, C and D. All of them differ in some features and space.

As per rules, Type-VI bungalows or double flats in the latter category are reserved for MPs who are former Ministers of State, Deputy Speaker of the Lok Sabha, Deputy Speaker of the Rajya Sabha, nominated members, House leaders of parties or members who have served less than a year. Have completed at least one term.

According to the information, a person who has become an MP for the first time can also be allotted a Type-VII bungalow on the basis of special conditions. But for this the former tenure of the MP is seen. In which he must be an MLA or a minister in the state government. If he has been an MLA or a minister before, then he can get a Type-VII bungalow on the basis of recommendation.

Raghav Chadha had made this claim

AAP MP Raghav Chadha had said that he was not told by the Rajya Sabha Secretariat why his allotment was being cancelled. While he has claimed that the allotment of his bungalow was approved by Rajya Sabha Chairman, Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar.

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