Former PDP-BJP ministers yet to vacate government bungalows

SRINAGAR: The former ministers of the PDP- BJP coalition are yet to vacate their official bungalows despite governor’s rule imposed in the state of Jammu and Kashmir since the past one month.
Though these former ministers could reside in these official bungalows, after the last government headed by late Mufti Mohammad Sayeed ceased to exist, for a month and were supposed to vacate them within that period but not even a single one except that of the chief minister’s residence at Jammu was vacated by anyone of them.
The Directorate of Estates here has revealed that the former ministers of the BJP-PDP coalition were bound to vacate the official bungalows till February 7 but as on February 10, there is no progress yet.
According to the officials in the Estates Department, former Ministers are required to vacate the official accommodation within a month of appointment of the new government. “A notice is served to the occupants after completion of one month. The occupant is required to vacate the property within 15 days of the notice being served,” said a senior official.
Meanwhile, reports informed that the former ministers have given cold shoulder to the repeated pleas of the estates department and are apparently in no mood to vacate the government property.
Further, it was learnt that a notice to several former ministers have already been served but till date the action seems to be a distant dream.