Former President Pratibha Patil is in news after reports suggest that a huge amount of money was spent and norms were flouted by Maharashtra Government for gifting her a new accommodation in Mumbai.
A news report published in The Indian Express claims that several rules were kept on the shelf by the Central Public Works Department while renovating the mansion allotted to former President of India Pratibha Patil.
The bungalow named ‘Raigad’ near Chatuhshringi Hills on Pashan Road in Pune has doubled in size after it was taken into possession in July 2012 by Union Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD). The building that earlier was a residence of the director of police wireless, built over an area of 2,906 square feet, now covers over 6,000 sq feet.
It’s a clear violation of President’s Pensions Rules, 1962 that says a former President can be given a leased accommodation that should not exceed over 2000 sq ft in area.
MoUD while taking the bungalow on lease from the Maharashtra Government was ready to pay its rent on market rate but the later offered it for an annual rent of just Re 1.
Patil is supposed to move in the new house in around mid-May.
As per the agreement between the State Government and MoUD, the bungalow will remain with the later until either Patil or her spouse is alive. Later it will then be returned to the Maharashtra Government which is entitled to pay MoUD the expenditure incurred on the renovation.
As per the sources a hefty sum of Rs 1.03 crore will be spent on the renovation of the bungalow but the officials refused to disclose the value of the contract.