Huge shortage of Residential accommodation for Lok Sabha Employees
Parliamentary Standing Committee on Urban Development (2012-13), presented the Twenty Fourth Report of the Committee on Demands for Grants (2013-14) of Ministry of Urban Development has stated in Para 7.C of Chapter 20 that the huge shortage of Residential accommodation for Lok Sabha Employees.The Committee are surprised to note that at present Lok Sabha Secretariat is having 800 residential units to cater to approximately 3,000 employees. The Lok Sabha Pool was separated from General Pool of Accommodation in the year 1974. As per the recommendation of Parliamentary Pay Committee of September, 1974, Directorate of Estates is supposed to hand over at least fifty quarters per year. After 1988 not a single unit and from 1975 not a single unit of Type-IV and above have been placed in LSS Pool by the Directorate of Estates as a result of which the problems of the employees have increased manifold.
The Committee failed to understand the logic behind such abandonment of Lok Sabha Pool by Directorate of Estates. The Committee further noted that construction of residential accommodation for Lok Sabha is in progress at R.K. Puram, New Delhi and will be completed by December, 2013 subject to availability of funds. Ministry stated that against the projection of Rs. 121.53 crore, the approved BE for 2013-14 is only Rs.44.25 crore. The Committee found that Ministry of Urban Development also admitted that allocated amount is not sufficient for completion of project in time. Hence, the Committee strongly recommended for enhancing the budgetary allocation for residential accommodation for Lok Sabha and release of adequate number of quarters from Directorate of Estates to Lok Sabha Pool to meet the requirements of employees.