5 Maharashtra bureaucrats among others owe Rs65 lakh to the government for overstaying in official accommodation
Officials who owe money to the state government for overstaying include, Thane district's Collector Dr Ashwini Joshi, Kamlakar Fand, Anil Sontakke, Prakash Rathod and PK Jain, reveals an RTI reply
In Maharashtra, more than five senior bureaucrats, including those who have retired, owe the state government over Rs65 lakhs for overstaying in official accommodation after end of service or post transfers. The Public Works Department (PWD) has now approached the competent court for recovering the dues from these babus, reveals a reply received under the Right to Information (RTI) Act.
Responding to an RTI query, filed by activist Anil Galgali, the state PWD provided a list of government officials who collectively owe over Rs65 lakhs. Galgali says, "The people who are still working with the Government, the dues can be deducted from the salaries and for those who have been retired, the Government can arrange to collect dues from their pension".
"There are five senior government officials who are yet to pay their rent for overstaying in their official residence, which they continue to occupy illegally," said Galgali, who had filed an application seeking details on the outstanding dues of government officers.
According to the information received by Galgali from the PWD, even after her transfer as Collector at Thane in 17 December 2014, Dr Aswini Joshi continues to stay in the flat in Kedar-2 building and owes Rs3.06 lakh for overstaying in the government provided accommodation. Senior officials, Kamlakar Fand owes Rs18.47 lakh, Avinash Zaade Rs4.22 lakh, Anil Sontakke (Judge in the Labour Court) Rs1.11 lakh, Dhanaji Toraskar Rs5.05 lakh, Prakash Kumar Rahule Rs2.43 lakh, Prakash Rathod (former Additional Judge) Rs10.59 lakh, and Pankaj Shah (former Judge) Rs3.22 lakh. The list also include safai kamgars Taramati Palye (Rs48,000), Kashinath Jadhav (Rs2.46 lakh) and carpenter Vasant Panchal (Rs3.96 lakh).
Galgali said, what is shocking in this episode is one of the non-payers, is member of the Vigilance Committee. "Maharashtra State Police Vigilance Department's Member Prem Kumar Jain, who is former Principal Secretary of Home and owes Rs9.81 lakh to the government for overstaying. In addition, Jain has taken the Government in the Court in this matter. However, the Government awarded Jain a plum posting in the State Police Vigilance Committee," he added.