MPs' guests, ex-MPs squat for years in their Lutyens houses

Guest house

Most accommodation given to ex-MPs; stay extended every 3 months.

MPs house other MPs as guests in their official accommodation, reveals RTI

In a clear misuse of the guest accommodation facilities they are entitled to, Members of Parliament have been found frequently getting these houses in the heart of Delhi allotted to former MPs or letting their guests stay for years on end.

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Of the 51 such houses occupied at present by guests of MPs of both houses, 38 are with former MPs, information accessed by The Indian Express under the RTI Act shows.

Of the 106 allotments made since 2007 on the recommendation of 96 MPs, 14 were allotted without even mentioning the name of the guests. Requests of at least 55 MPs to allot guest houses to former MPs were turned down since January 2008.

The ruling Congress party seems to have a clear upper hand in getting these guest accommodations as 79 allotments were made on the recommendation of Congress MPs. Fourteen were guests of the BJP, two of the BSP, three of the NCP and one MP was from the Akali Dal, among others.

The housing committees of both houses usually allot such accommodation and there are no prescribed rules governing them. The houses are normally allotted for three months, but the list of occupants given by the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha secretariats shows that most guests occupy the houses for several years by managing frequent extensions before the end of the three months.

Officials said that there is also no system to check whether guests for whom the houses have been recommended are actually living there or have sub-let it. Some guests have also managed to get two houses through different MPs simultaneously and used both.

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