Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Sep 6:
It may sound hard to belive, but at least five Odisha government employees have sold off their official quarters while around 30 employees are staying on in their quarters in the Malisahi municipality slum long after their retirement. Even more strangely, Bhubaneswar Municipality Corporation (BMC) has remained clueless about these quarters all this while!
During the 1980’s and 90’s, BMC had built around 50 quarters for its lower grade employees in the Malisahi area. Over time, the settlement came to be known as the Municipality slum quarters. These houses consist of one bedroom, a bathroom and a kitchen set-up.
Initially, the employees were reluctant to stay there as Malisahi is infamous as the red light area of the capital. But, slowly many employees moved in and started staying here. While some rented out their quarters, others sold off their quarters for Rs 20-30 lakhs each.
Reliable sources have revealed that around five quarters have already been sold off while others are up for grabs. This is not the end; around 30 retired employees continue to stay in these quarters illegally without paying any rent, adding to the difficulties of the current employees.
Repeated complaints to the BMC officials have fallen on deaf ears. Frustrated with the BMC’s indifference, some people have now approached the CBI and Vigilance departments.
Sources have revealed that a complaint has been sent by the CBI to Vigilance department and the vigilance has started an investigation in this regard.
When questioned on this regard, BMC commissioner Krishan Kumar said that he will have to check records and ascertain if there is any wrong doing and then think of take appropriate action.
Bhubaneswar Mayor AN Jena has said that government quarters cannot be sold/ “We will investigate the case,’ he said.