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SPG cover gone, it may be Priyanka’s bungalow next

Priyanka had been allotted 35 Lodhi Estate, a Type VI bungalow, in February 1997 for security reasons. The bungalow was allotted to Priyanka, a private citizen, after the recommendation of SPG, home ministry and Cabinet Secretariat. With her SPG cover gone – the reason for her getting government accommodation – Priyanka may have to vacate her house.

, ET Bureau|
Nov 09, 2019, 07.54 AM IST
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What makes a good case for eviction is that Modi government changed the rules for allotment of government accommodation in 2015.
NEW DELHI: After withdrawing Special Protection Group (SPG) cover from the Gandhi family, the Centre is likely to review the Lodhi Estate government accommodation provided to Priyanka Gandhi-Vadra.

Priyanka had been allotted 35 Lodhi Estate, a Type VI bungalow, in February 1997 for security reasons. The bungalow was allotted to Priyanka, a private citizen, after the recommendation of SPG, home ministry and Cabinet Secretariat on the basis that SPG protectees need an independent bungalow of certain specifications to provide the security cover.

However, with her SPG cover gone – the reason for her getting government accommodation – Priyanka may have to vacate her house.

What makes a good case for eviction is that Modi government changed the rules for allotment of government accommodation in 2015 and made only SPG protectees eligible for government accommodation.

Before 2015, even those with Z plus security were entitled for government accommodation. A senior official of directorate of estates told ET, “The criteria for allocation of government houses on security considerations have been changed making only SPG protectees eligible for such consideration. The security protectees will not be required to surrender their own houses in Delhi in lieu of allocation of government accommodation.”
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