Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Mar 28:
Three former ministers who are no more members of the Odisha Assembly and six former MLAs have not vacated their official quarters. Apart from them Deputy Speaker, Leader of the Opposition (LoP), Chief Whips of the ruling party and Congress, four ministers and eight MLAs have occupied multiple government quarters in the state capital, informed Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik in the House today.
The state government has written to the secretary of the Odisha Assembly to ask Deputy Speaker, LoP, Chief Whip of the ruling party, four ministers and other MLAs occupying multiple government quarters to immediately vacate additional quarters occupied by them, the Chief Minister stated in his reply to a question by BJP MLA Dilip Ray.
According to the list provided by the Chief Minister Deputy Speaker Sanand Marandi, LoP Narasingh Mishra, government Chief Whip Ananta Das in addition to their quarters at the MLA Colony has occupied bungalows of the General Administration (GA) department in other places of the capital city.
Ministers Ashok Chandra Panda, Bikram Keshari Arukh, Jogendra Behera and Pradip Panigrahi in addition to their quarters at MLA Colony have occupied bungalows of the GA department, Patnaik cited in his reply. Apart from them Chief Whip of the Congress party Tara Prasad Bahinipati, MLAs Bhujbal Majhi, Nrusingha Charan Sahu, Prafulla Majhi, Subrat Tarai, Subal Sahu, Rabi Narayan Nayak and Ramesh Patua apart from having quarters at MLA Colony have availed GA department quarters. Puri MLA Maheswar Mohanty has occupied two quarters at MLA Colony.
While some leaders have occupied multiple quarters, government quarters are yet to be allotted to seven MLAs.
Even though Nitesh Gangdev has been allotted a government quarter, he has failed to occupy the same as the earlier allottee has not vacated the same, the Chief Minister informed in his reply. Similarly, MLA Saroj Kumar Samal has not been able to occupy the quarter allotted to him.
On the other hand, MLAs Sanatan Mahakud, Chandrasarathi Behera, Chiranjeeb Biswal, Purna Chandra Nayak, and Rajendra Kumar Sahu have not been allotted quarters in the city, Patnaik added.