The Asian Age - - Oped -

The sense of some peo­ple’s en­ti­tle­ment can be amaz­ing, es­pe­cially if they are se­nior babus. It has taken more than two years for the Ma­ha­rash­tra gov­ern­ment to evict a 1997- batch IAS of­fi­cer who was oc­cu­py­ing a south Mum­bai bun­ga­low marked for a new gov­ern­ment build­ing. Ad­di­tional mu­nic­i­pal com­mis­sioner Vi­jay Sing­hal has agreed to va­cate the bun­ga­low af­ter he was given a house in Nee­lam­bari build­ing near Mantralaya.

Ac­cord­ing to sources, the babu has been oc­cu­py­ing the state ex­cise de­part­ment bun­ga­low for more than two years af­ter he was trans­ferred from the ex­cise com­mis­sioner’s post in 2016. He held on to the Azad Maidan bun­ga­low de­spite the state gov­ern­ment’s rule that of­fi­cial ac­com­mo­da­tion can only be re­tained for a max­i­mum of three months af­ter the end of ten­ure.

Mat­ters reached such a pass that the gov­ern­ment la­belled Mr Sing­hal a “squatter” and con­sid­ered ini­ti­at­ing evic­tion pro­ceed­ings against him. De­spite sev­eral no­tices, Mr Sing­hal did not re­lent un­til now, af­ter the gov­ern­ment al­lot­ted a house to him in an­other build­ing.

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