HC slams favouritism in TNHB allotments; orders eviction of ineligible occupants TNN | Oct 24, 2018, 00:02 IST Chennai: Noting that most of the residential quarters owned by the Tamil Nadu Housing Board are allotted to ineligible persons under ‘public quota’ due to favouritism and nepotism, Madras high court has directed authorities to verify the eligibility criteria of all such occupants and initiate immediate action for eviction, if found ineligible . Justice S M Subramaniam passed the order while dismissing a batch of pleas moved by occupants of such accommodations across Chennai challenging a government order dated July 4, 2017 enhancing rent and maintenance charge of such quarters. The TNHB properties are located in such posh localities as Peters Colony, Royapettah, CIT Nagar, Cox Square, Foreshore Estate, and Mandaveli. “The allotments are not made strictly in accordance with the guidelines issued in this regard. People, who are in power, are able to get such discretionary quotas for the welfare of their own personal servants or to their relatives,” the judge said. When the public quota has been created for the purpose of providing houses at lower rent to the poor and needy people in Chennai, the same is to be given to such people alone and the quota can never be misused by the officials, by granting allotment to people, who all are working and well placed, he added. Pointing out that even in the present cases the allotments were made several years ago, the judge said, now the per capita income and the lifestyle of those occupants had considerably improved. The allotments must be cancelled and be provided to the needy, by following procedures contemplated for grant of public quota, he said. “In the event of not reviewing all such policies, the state is committing an act of discrimination, which is violation of the constitutional principles and mandates. When welfare schemes are framed by the state under the constitution of India, the same must be implemented strictly in accordance with the terms and conditions and for the welfare of the public at large,” Justice Subramaniam observed. The court also directed the authorities to evict persons who are occupying buildings in dilapidated conditions and to take immediate steps to recover all rental dues, if any. Copyright © 2018 Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd. All rights reserved.

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