The union cabinet has given its nod for the amendment in Section 2 and Section 3 of the Public Premises (Eviction of Unauthorized Occupants) Act, 1971 (PPE Act, 1971), by inserting definition of ‘residential accommodation occupation’ in a new clause in section 2 of the Act and inserting provisions relating to eviction from ‘residential accommodation occupation’ in a new sub-section 3B below sub-section 3A of Section 3 of the Act.
The cabinet presided by PM Modi has finally given approval for the amendment of this act as it will enable the Estate officer to apply synopsis proceedings for ejecting unauthorized occupants from housing estates allotted for a fixed tenure or for a limited time period he/she holds office on the basis of an order of allotment on license basis, as non-vacation of such residences leads to unavailability of houses to new occupant.
Henceforth, the Estate Officer can make such inquest as he presumes advisable in the facts of the case and don’t have to proceed from the lengthy procedure of the sections 4, 5 and 7 of the Act. Estate officer even can make an order for the eviction of such occupants, following the procedure straightaway as proposed in the revised addition. In case that person abstains or unable to uphold his order of dispossession, Estate officer holds the power to evict them directly from the premises and take away the possession forcefully (if necessary).
This amendment will make this entire process of uprooting unauthorized occupancy more swift. Through this course of action the union government can expel unauthorized inhabitants from government housing estates across the country smoothly. Currently, government officials and staffs are in queue to have designated residential apartments as government is dealing with unavailability of residential units due to a bulk of unethical incumbency. With this revised law, government can easily increase the vacation volume of government housing estates and benefit the people standing in the line for possession. Employees and staffs of the Central Government offices will be entitled for the General Pool Residential Accommodation (GPRA).
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