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445 Govt quarters illegally occupied in Bhubaneswar, reveals RTI

Four Ministers, 6 MLAs, Dy Speaker have two Govt houses each 
Bhubaneswar, January 14: A total of 445 Government quarters have been illegally occupied by Ministers, MLAs, ex-Ministers, ex-MLAs, bureaucrats and Government employees in the capital city of Bhubaneswar resulting in a loss to the tune of Rs 7 crore to the State exchequer, a RTI reply has revealed.

In response to a query by rights activist Pradip Pradhan the General Administration Department Public Information Officer (PIO) also states that Panchyati Raj and Law Minister Arun Kumar Sahoo, MSME Minister Jogendra Behera, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Bikram Keshari Arukh, Higher Education Minister Dr Pradeep Kumar Panigrahy, Assembly Deputy Speaker Sananda Marandi, Leader Opposition in the Assembly Narasingha Mishra, MLAs Nrusigha Sahu, Prafulla Majhi, Debasish Samantaray, Maheswar Mohanty, Subrat Tarai, Bhujabala Majhi among many Government employees have availed two Government quarters in the State capital.

The reply further states that the GA department in its reply on January 8, from January 1 to November 1 last year a total of 64 Government quarters have been vacated from illegal occupants like former MLAs, MPs, Ministers and Government employees with recovery of Rs 26, 28, 634. 

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