Housing scheme extended to govt servants not illegal: Madras HC

CHENNAI: Likening the state government’s housing scheme for IAS, IPS and other all India service officers at Nerkundram near Koyambedu to special benefits given to members of special task force that hunted down forest brigand Veerappan and Kargil war heroes, Madras high court has dismissed a PIL against the scheme.

The first bench of Chief Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Justice R Mahadevan, dismissing the PIL of advocate P Pugalenthi, said: “It cannot be said the scheme extended for government servants is bad in law. The role of the government as an employer to provide benefit to its employees would thus come into being.”

“There are stated to be similar schemes in the past relating to different sections of the public — for example, the Special Task Force personnel who were involved in action against the forest brigand Veerappan and families of martyrs of Kargil War etc. The government as a model employer cannot be faulted on this. We are unable to come to a conclusion that this amounts to largesse to government servants as the cost of construction is being borne by the officers through a self-financing process and there is no blockage of funds of the housing board.”

In his petition, Pugalenthi had said the scheme should be only for the homeless and not for those who already own houses.

He said all India service officers are being conferred an undue advantage under the scheme as they will get flats at the rate of 2,442 per sq ft, whereas the other LIG government servants will get flats at 2,690 per sq ft. Government servants cannot be conferred any largesse at the cost of tax payers, he said.

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