New Delhi: The Members of Parliament of ruling party are way ahead in bending the norms of allocating guest houses falling under the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha secretariats as the government record says that their guests outnumber others in availing this facility.

According to official documents of the fifteenth Lok Sabha, VIP houses, North Avenue and South Avenue flats accommodated 70 percent guests of the Congress MPs. Out of 41 allotments in the last one-and-a-half year, 29 were on the recommendations of the Congress MPs.

The secretariats of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha say that flats are allotted on their availability whereas the administration of both the Houses stated that there are no specific guidelines for allotting the guest houses.

Out of 86 guest houses falling under the Rajya Sabha over the last six years, 70 guests were accommodated on the recommendations of the Congress, while only 22 of them were found to be entitled for availing the accommodations. 

According to the Rajya Sabha Housing Committee rules, stay for a maximum period is only three months which can be extended for another three months on the recommendation of the committee’s Chairman. 
Interestingly, KVRS Balasubba Rao had stayed at Vithal Bhai Patel House from November 2006 to December 2010 on the recommendations of three different Congress MPs.

The BJP is also not behind in availing this facility. Former MP Inderjeet had stayed at 76, South Avenue from April 2005 to 2006 on the recommendations of the BJP as well as the Congress leaders.

(JPN/Bureau)