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Crackdown on Unauthorised Occupants of Public Premises



In a crackdown on the unauthorised occupants of residential accommodations in public premises, the Union Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, has given a go ahead to introduce “The Public Premises (Eviction of Unauthorised Occupants) Amendment Bill, 2019”.

The decision is yet another reflection of the Government’s commitment for a transparent and hassle-free governance for the citizens of the country.

Impact:

  • The amendments will facilitate smooth and speedy eviction of unauthorised occupants from Government residences, and those vacant residences will be available for allotment to eligible persons on maturity of their turn in the waiting list.
  • This will decrease the waiting time for availing the facility of residential accommodation.

When will it be implemented? :

  • The new bill comes in place of “The Public Premises (Eviction of Unauthorised Occupants) Amendment Bill, 2017”.
  • It will be introduced in the ensuing Session of Parliament.

Background:

  • The Government of India has to evict unauthorized occupants from Government accommodations under the provisions of PPE Act, 1971.
  • However, the eviction proceedings take unusually long time, thereby reducing the availability of Government accommodations to new incumbents.
  • Under the existing PPE Act,1971 as amended by PPE Amendment Bill, 2015, the eviction proceeding take around 5 to 7 weeks’ time. However, it takes much longer, even years, to evict unauthorized occupants.
  • Under the proposed bill, the state officer will not have to follow elaborate proceedings like serving notice, show cause, inquiry, rather he or she can initiate summary eviction proceedings.

 


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